North Carolina lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

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The North Carolina lieutenant gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 2012. The primary election was held on May 8, 2012, and a primary runoff for the Republican nomination was held on July 17, 2012.

The Tarheel State's current lieutenant governor, Walter Dalton, announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor after incumbent governor Beverly Perdue announced she would not seek a second term in office.

In the Democratic primary election, Linda Coleman defeated freshman state Senator Eric Mansfield. The Republican primary was not as cut-and-dry. Five Republican candidates filed to run, and architect Dan Forest finished first in the May 8th primary. But under a new North Carolina, because he did not received more than 40% of the vote, he and the second place finisher, Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley, had to square off in a primary runoff on July 17th to determine who would represent the party in the general election.[1] Forest scored a landslide runoff victory over Gurley on July 17 and went on to face Coleman in November.[2]

On November 14, 2012, unofficial results showed Coleman trailing Forest by some 10,300 votes but she did not concede the race until November 19.[3][4]


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Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Linda Coleman 49.9% 2,180,870
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Forest 50.1% 2,187,728
Total Votes 4,368,598
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.

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Key dates

Deadline Event
Feb. 13 - Feb. 29 Statewide candidate filing
Apr. 13 Voter registration for primary election
May 8 Primary election
Oct. 12 Voter registration for general election
Nov. 6 General election

Donkey symbol.png Democratic primary candidates

Lt. Governor of North Carolina, Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Coleman 56.1% 487,820
Eric Mansfield 43.9% 381,523
Total Votes 869,343
Election Results Via:The North Carolina Board of Elections.


Gop logo2.jpg Republican primary candidates

Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina, Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Forest 33% 253,656
Green check mark transparent.pngTony Gurley 24.8% 190,980
Dale Folwell 24.3% 186,564
Grey Mills, Jr. 14.7% 112,824
Arthur Rich 3.3% 25,206
Total Votes 769,230
Election Results Via:The North Carolina Board of Elections.


General election polls

Lt. Governor of North Carolina
Poll Linda Coleman Dan ForestUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
August 2-5, 2012
37%38%26%+/-3.4813
Public Policy Polling
August 31–September 2
41%39%20%+/-3.11,012
National Research, Inc.
September 18-19
43%39%18%+/-4.0600
Public Policy Polling
October 12-14, 2012
37%38%25%+/-3.01,084
Public Policy Polling
October 29-31, 2012
41%43%16%+/-3.6730
AVERAGES 39.8% 39.4% 21% +/-3.42 847.8
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 polls

Democratic

Democratic candidates for Lt. Governor of North Carolina
Poll Linda Coleman Eric MansfieldUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
March 23-March 25, 2012
26%14%59%+/-4.36505
Public Policy Polling
April 20-22, 2012
28%16%56%+/-4.4500
AVERAGES 27% 15% 57.5% +/-4.38 502.5
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.

Republican

Republican candidates for Lt. Governor of North Carolina
Poll Dale Folwell Dan ForestTony GurleyGrey MillsArthur Jason RichUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
March 22-25, 2012
10%11%9%4%2%65%+/-4.1561
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.

Linda Coleman

Linda Coleman Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
First Quarter Report[5]June 22, 2012$24,021.40$35,139.35$(38,625.13)$20,535.62
Second Quarter Report[6]July 11, 2012$20,535.62$30,682.66$(20,397.60)$30,820.68
Running totals
$65,822.01$(59,022.73)

Dan Forest

Dan Forest Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
First Quarter Report[7]June 10, 2012$28,960.09$126,779.52$(153,056.85)$2,682.76
Second Quarter Report[8]July 10, 2012$2,682.76$173,132.16$(173,188.66)$2,626.26
Third Quarter Report[9]October 20, 2012$2,626.26$328,608.70$(285,693.34)$45,541.62
Running totals
$628,520.38$(611,938.85)

Each of the candidates running for lieutenant governor was given the opportunity to discuss their campaign with Kelly McCullen, a Senior Correspondent with North Carolina Now. All seven major party candidates took advantage of the opportunity. The videos are posted below.

Democratic candidates

Republican candidates

Three of the Republican candidates met on Saturday, March 17 2012 in a debate sponsored by the Cumberland County Republican Women's Club. A crowd of approximately 20 gathered to hear Dale Folwell, Tony Gurley and Arthur Rich field questions from moderator Dave Taylor, a WFNC radio talk show host. Dan Forest and Grey Mills, Jr. did not attend.

Topics included tolls on Interstate 95, bullying, the marriage amendment, federal mandates, the state budget and the high school curriculum.[10]

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Linda Coleman

  • Charlotte Observer[11]

Eric Mansfield

  • Independent Weekly[12]

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