2012 elections review: Six incumbent state reps toppled in NC legislative primaries

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May 9, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional and State legislative teams

Attention in North Carolina was focused on Amendment 1 last night, but congressional and legislative primaries produced compelling results yesterday evening.

Boosted by strong opinions about the proposed marriage amendment,[1] voter turnout in North Carolina was 34 percent.[2]

Contested Primaries in North Carolina -- May 8, 2012
U.S. House
(13 seats)
State Legislature
(170 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 8 (61.54%) 35 (20.59%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 10 (76.9%) 55 (32.35%)


See also: United States House of Representatives elections in North Carolina, 2012

The 10 U.S. House incumbents seeking re-election all won their primaries. The 9th, 11th, and 13th are open districts -- those in which the incumbent retired.

Three primaries -- all Republican races -- will go to a July 17 runoff between the top two vote-getters in each race. North Carolina holds a runoff if a winner receives less than 40 percent of the vote.

State legislatures

See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2012 and North Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012
  • All State Senate incumbents who are running advanced to the general election.
  • A total of six incumbent state legislators were defeated in the primary. All six - 5 Republicans and 1 Democrat - are members of the House:
Darrell McCormick (R)
Efton Sager (R)
Larry Brown (R)
Stephen LaRoque (R)
Trudi Walend (R)
James Crawford, Jr. (D)
  • In two repeat races from 2010, the current incumbent emerged on top. Marcus Brandon defeated Earl Jones for the second straight election in a state house Democratic Primary, and Kelly Hastings (R) defeated Pearl Burris Floyd for the second consecutive time in a Republican state house primary.
  • There will be four State Senate and three State House runoffs on July 17. The top-two candidates advanced but no winner was declared because nobody received 40 percent of the votes.

North Carolina State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 19 18
     Republican Party 31 32
Total 50 50

North Carolina House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 52 43
     Republican Party 67 77
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 120 120

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