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North Carolina down ballot state executive elections, 2012

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Six down ballot state executive positions were up for election in the state of North Carolina in 2012. The primary was held on May 8, 2012 with the general election on November 6, 2012.

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The North Carolina Treasurer election was held on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Janet Cowell (D) won re-election. She was first elected in 2008. Cowell defeated Ron Elmer in the May 8 Democratic primary and defeated Republican Steve Royal in the general election on November 6, 2012.

General

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Janet Cowell Incumbent Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Steve Royal
North Carolina Treasurer General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJanet Cowell Incumbent 53.8% 2,313,877
     Republican Steve Royal 46.2% 1,984,827
Total Votes 4,298,704
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.

Polls

2012 race for State Treasurer
Poll Janet Cowell Steve RoyalMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
June 7-10, 2012
34%33%+/-3.4810
Public Policy Polling
August 31–September 2
42%38%+/-3.11,012
National Research, Inc.
September 18-19
46%34%+/-4.0600
Public Policy Polling
October 12-14, 2012
41%36%+/-3.01,084
Public Policy Polling
October 29-31, 2012
46%41%+/-3.6730
AVERAGES 41.8% 36.4% +/-3.42 847.2
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Primary

The primary for Treasurer took place on May 8, 2012.

North Carolina Treasurer, Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJanet Cowell Incumbent 76.6% 630,151
Ron Elmer 23.4% 192,134
Total Votes 822,285
Election Results Via:The North Carolina Board of Elections.


North Carolina Treasurer, Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Royal 57.7% 389,188
Frank Roche 42.3% 285,439
Total Votes 674,627
Election Results Via:The North Carolina Board of Elections.


Polls

Democratic candidates for Treasurer
Poll Janet Cowell Ron ElmerMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
February 29-March 1, 2012
32%14%+/-4.4499
Public Policy Polling
March 23-March 25, 2012
34%12%+/-4.36505
Public Policy Polling
April 20–April 22, 2012
38%11%+/-4.4500
AVERAGES 34.67% 12.33% +/-4.39 501.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

The North Carolina State Auditor election was held on November 6, 2012. The primary took place on May 8, 2012. Incumbent Beth Wood (D) won re-election. She was first elected in 2008 and was unopposed in the primary on May 8.

General

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Beth Wood Incumbent Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Debra Goldman
North Carolina State Auditor General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBeth Wood Incumbent 53.7% 2,299,541
     Republican Debra Goldman 46.3% 1,981,539
Total Votes 4,281,080
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.


Polls

2012 race for State Auditor
Poll Beth Wood Debra GoldmanMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
June 7-10, 2012
36%36%+/-3.4810
Public Policy Polling
August 31–September 2
40%38%+/-3.11,012
National Research, Inc.
September 18-19
40%34%+/-4.0600
Public Policy Polling
October 12-14, 2012
40%36%+/-3.01,084
Public Policy Polling
October 23-25, 2012
45%38%+/-3.3880
Public Policy Polling
October 29-31, 2012
50%38%+/-3.6730
AVERAGES 41.83% 36.67% +/-3.4 852.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Primary

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary candidates:
North Carolina Auditor, Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDebra Goldman 34.4% 235,914
Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Dority 23.8% 163,528
Fern Shubert 18.4% 126,215
Rudy Wright 15.6% 107,323
Joseph Hank DeBragga 7.8% 53,727
Total Votes 686,707


The North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction election was held on November 6, 2012. Incumbent June Atkinson (D) won re-election. She was first elected in 2004 and was unopposed in the primary on May 8.

General

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party June Atkinson Incumbent Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John Tedesco
North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJune Atkinson Incumbent 54.2% 2,336,441
     Republican John Tedesco 45.8% 1,971,049
Total Votes 4,307,490
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.

Polls

North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction
Poll June Atkinson John TedescoUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
August 2-5, 2012
44%37%19%+/-3.4813
National Research, Inc.
September 18-19
45%35%20%+/-4.0600
Public Policy Polling
September 27-30
44%34%22%+/-3.1981
Public Policy Polling
October 23-25, 2012
42%40%18%+/-3.3880
AVERAGES 43.75% 36.5% 19.75% +/-3.45 818.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Primary

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary candidates:
Note: State Rep. Rick Glazier filed to run for Superintendent, but withdrew his candidacy on February 28, 2012.[1]
North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction, Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Tedesco 28.3% 195,352
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Alexander 24.3% 167,354
Mark Crawford 21.8% 150,404
Ray Martin 13.2% 90,889
David Scholl 12.4% 85,145
Total Votes 689,144
Election Results Via:The North Carolina Board of Elections.


Additional reading

The North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture election was held on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Steve Troxler (R) won re-election. He was first elected in 2004 and defeated Bill McManus in the Republican primary on May 8.

Troxler defeated Walter Smith (D) in the general election on November 6.

General

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Walter Smith
Republican Party Steve Troxler Incumbent Green check mark transparent.png
North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Walter Smith 46.8% 2,025,054
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Troxler Incumbent 53.2% 2,303,586
Total Votes 4,328,640
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.

Polls

2012 race for Agriculture Commissioner
Poll Steve Troxler Walter SmithMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
June 7-10, 2012
45%31%+/-3.4810
Public Policy Polling
August 31–September 2
45%35%+/-3.11,012
National Research, Inc.
September 18-19
45%37%+/-4.0600
Public Policy Polling
October 12-14, 2012
45%35%+/-3.01,084
Public Policy Polling
October 29-31, 2012
48%38%+/-3.6730
AVERAGES 45.6% 35.2% +/-3.42 847.2
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Primary

North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner, Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWalter Smith 55.1% 424,287
Scott Bryant 44.9% 345,644
Total Votes 769,931
Election Results Via:The North Carolina Board of Elections.


North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner, Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Troxler Incumbent 68.9% 532,664
Bill McManus 31.1% 239,920
Total Votes 772,584
Election Results Via:The North Carolina Board of Elections.


Polls

Democratic candidates for Agriculture Commissioner
Poll Scott Bryant Walter SmithMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
March 23-March 25, 2012
17%12%+/-4.36505
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

The North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance election was held on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Wayne Goodwin (D) won re-election. He was first elected in 2008 and was unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 8, 2012.

General

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Wayne Goodwin Incumbent Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Mike Causey
North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWayne Goodwin Incumbent 51.9% 2,226,344
     Republican Mike Causey 48.1% 2,066,601
Total Votes 4,292,945
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.

Polls

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner
Poll Wayne Goodwin Mike CauseyUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
August 2-5, 2012
40%36%24%+/-3.4813
National Research, Inc.
September 18-19
41%33%26%+/-4.0600
Public Policy Polling
September 27-30
41%36%23%+/-3.1981
Public Policy Polling
October 23-25, 2012
45%36%19%+/-3.3880
AVERAGES 41.75% 35.25% 23% +/-3.45 818.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Primary

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary candidates:
North Carolina Insurance Commissioner, Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Morgan 37% 258,935
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Causey 35.1% 245,430
James McCall 27.9% 195,348
Total Votes 699,713
Election Results Via:The North Carolina Board of Elections.


The North Carolina Commissioner of Labor election was held on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Cherie Berry (R) won re-election. She was first elected in 2000 and was unopposed in the primary on May 8, 2012.

General

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJohn C. Brooks
Republican Party Cherie Berry Incumbent Green check mark transparent.png
North Carolina Commissioner of Labor General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John C. Brooks 46.7% 2,019,266
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCherie Berry Incumbent 53.3% 2,300,500
Total Votes 4,319,766
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.

Polls

North Carolina Commissioner of Labor
Poll John Brooks Cherie BerryUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
August 2-5, 2012
34%44%22%+/-3.4813
National Research, Inc.
September 18-19
39%44%17%+/-4.0600
Public Policy Polling
September 27-30
37%41%22%+/-3.1981
Public Policy Polling
October 23-25, 2012
37%43%19%+/-3.3880
AVERAGES 36.75% 43% 20% +/-3.45 818.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Primary

The primary for Labor Commissioner took place on May 8, 2012.

North Carolina Labor Commissioner, Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn C. Brooks 37.1% 289,356
Green check mark transparent.pngMarlowe Foster 33% 256,964
Ty Richardson 29.9% 232,730
Total Votes 779,050
Election Results Via:The North Carolina Board of Elections.


Republican Party May 8 GOP primary candidates:

Polls

Democratic candidates for Labor Commissioner
Poll Ty Richardson John BrooksMarlowe FosterMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
February 29-March 1, 2012
26%13%9%+/-4.4499
Public Policy Polling
March 23-March 25, 2012
22%18%8%+/-4.36505
Public Policy Polling
April 20–April 22, 2012
18%18%10%+/-4.4500
AVERAGES 22% 16.33% 9% +/-4.39 501.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Deadline Event
Feb 29 Declare nominees, if no primary election is necessary, as soon as practical after filing period closes
April 13 Party affiliation change deadline/voter registration deadline
April 19 One-stop absentee voting begins for primary election
May 5 One-stop absentee voting ends for primary election
May 7 Absentee ballot deadline
May 8 Primary election
May 15 Canvass Day for County Board of elections
June 29 Deadline for unaffiliated candidates to file petitions
Aug 8 Deadline for write-in candidates to file petitions
Oct 12 Voter registration deadline for general election
Oct 18 One-stop absentee voting begins for general election
Nov 3 One-stop absentee voting ends for general election
Nov 5 Deadline for absentee ballots
Nov 6 General election day
Nov 16 Canvass Day for county boards of elections

See also

North Carolina

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