North Carolina is holding a primary election today that will decide party nominations for North Carolina’s 13 seats in the United States House of Representatives as well as the two candidates that will be on the November ballot for State Supreme Court. Many experts predict that the voter turnout for this election will be extremely low, so the relative impact of each vote will carry even more weight than normal. NC Family encourages all citizens to exercise their right and responsibility to vote!
This unique June election is the result of two separate lawsuits that were both ruled on in February:
RACES TO WATCH. While all of the elections taking place today are important, the following select races are of particular interest:
North Carolina Supreme Court– This non-partisan, statewide race, will narrow a field of four candidates to two, who will then face off in the November General Election. Supreme Court Justice Bob Edmunds is running for his third term on the High Court and is facing challenges from Sabra Faires, Mike Morgan and Daniel Robertson. Although the race is non-partisan, Edmunds is considered to be a strong conservative on a majority conservative court. The outcome of this race could significantly shift the political make up of the North Carolina’s highest court.
2nd Congressional District, Republican Primary– This race features two sitting members of Congress challenging each other in a Leaning Republican district. Rep. Renee Ellmers, who currently represents the former 2nd Congressional District, is facing the current representative for 13th Congressional District, Rep. George Holding. Also in the field is Dr. Greg Brannon, who has twice run for the U.S. Senate.
9th Congressional District, Republican Primary- Incumbent GOP Congressman Robert Pittenger is facing a strong challenge in this redrawn Leaning Republican district from former U.S. Senate candidate and Charlotte pastor Dr. Mark Harris. The district, which used to stretch from Union County north into Mecklenburg and Iredell counties, now stretches from Mecklenburg County east along the southern border of the state into Cumberland and Bladen counties. Todd Johnson is also a candidate in this GOP primary.
12th Congressional District, Democratic Primary– Prior to redistricting, this “spaghetti-shaped” district stretched from Charlotte to Greensboro along the I-85 corridor. The new Strong Democratic district has been entirely consolidated within Mecklenburg County. Incumbent Democrat Rep. Alma Adams is from Greensboro and has seen this district move out from under her. She has since moved to Charlotte, but is facing multiple challengers including current State Reps. Tricia Cotham (D-Mecklenburg) and Carla Cunningham (D-Mecklenburg), as well as former State Sen. Malcolm Graham (D-Mecklenburg).
13th Congressional District, Republican Primary– This Strong Republican district, which encompasses parts of Guildford, Davidson, Davie, Iredell and Rowan Counties, features a rather crowded field of 17 candidates, but it is an open seat with no incumbent running for re-election. Candidates include current members of the N.C. General Assembly: Sen. Andrew Brock (R-Davie) and Reps. John Blust (R-Guilford), Julia Howard (R-Davie), and Harry Warren (R-Rowan).
If you have any question about your ballot, registration, or polling locations and times, visit the State Board of Elections website. These elections have not gotten much attention from the media, but they will have huge repercussions for North Carolina, so it is important that you vote!