Five state executive hopefuls advance to the general in North Carolina

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July 18, 2012

By Ballotpedia's state executive team

North Carolina

RALEIGH, North Carolina: After last night's primary runoff, the field of candidates is finally set for the general election in North Carolina. Five state executive races were on the ballot last night. According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, voter turnout was 3.58%.[1]

Lt. Governor (R)
Political newcomer and architect Dan Forest, son of Congresswoman Sue Myrick, defeated Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley, capturing more than 67% of the vote in the runoff for the Republican nomination. He faces Linda Coleman, a former state Representative and former Chairman of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, in the general election.[1]

Secretary of State (R)
Ed Goodwin, the current Chairman of the Chowan County Board of Commissioners, defeated Kenn Gardner to win the Republican nomination for North Carolina Secretary of State. Goodwin, who finished first in the May 8th primary as well, garnered 54.48% of the vote in last night's contest and won the right to challenge incumbent Elaine Marshall in the general election. Marshall, the first woman ever elected to a statewide executive office in North Carolina, has been in office since 1997.[1]

Superintendent of Public Instruction (R)
John Tedesco will advance to the general election to face incumbent June Atkinson. Tedesco, a sitting member of the Wake County School Board, defeated Richard Alexander with 54% of the vote.[1]

Insurance Commissioner (R)
Mike Causey, a farmer, small business owner and retired insurance executive, defeated Richard Morgan, the former Speaker of the State House. Causey, who finished second to Morgan in the May 8th primary, won last night's contest by almost 15%. He will face incumbent Wayne Goodwin in the general election race for insurance commissioner.

Labor Commissioner (D)
The seat for Labor Commissioner was the only Democratic state executive race on yesterday's ballot. John C. Brooks, a former North Carolina Commissioner of Labor who finished first in the May 8th primary, defeated Marlowe Foster. He will advance to the general election to face incumbent Cherie Berry in an effort to win back his old job.[1][2]

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