Primaries for federal offices have big vote spreads

Published 4:10 pm Monday, March 16, 2020

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In North Carolina, President Donald J.  Trump easily carried the Republican primary, winning 93.5% of the 798,773 votes cast in that race.

All vote totals are from election night and are unofficial.

In the state’s Democratic primary, Joe Biden received 568,578 votes, or 42.99% of the votes spread among 16 candidates listed on the ballot. Bernie Sanders was second with 318,772 votes, or 24.10% of the votes. Michael R. Bloomberg earned 171,734 votes, or 12.99%, and Elizabeth Warren gathered 138,502 votes, or 10.47%.

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Biden and Sanders will split the state’s Democratic delegates.

Biden won 96 of the 100 North Carolina counties. Currituck, Dare, Tyrrell and Hyde were all carried by Biden.

Three other political parties were listed on the primary ballot. In Constitutional party voting, “No Preference” won with 193 votes. The Green party nominated Howie Hawkins with 247 votes. The Libertarian party had 13 candidates listed. Again, “No Preference” won statewide with 2,060 votes. The next closest vote getter was Jacob Hornberger with 604 votes.

For the U.S. Senate seat, Democrat Cal Cunningham will face Republican incumbent Thom Tillis.

Tillis faced minimal opposition, winning 78.1% of the votes cast in the Republican primary. He carried every county in the state.

Cunningham carried 81 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in a five-way contest. Cunningham took 57% of the votes cast. He faced three-term state Senator Erica D. Smith, who garnered 34.75% of the vote.

Smith won 19 counties, particularly those counties along the North Carolina-Virginia border in the eastern portion of the state. She represents Beaufort, Bertie, Martin, Northampton, Vance and Warren. In her district, she won all but Beaufort County.

Cunningham won in Dare, Hyde and Tyrrell. Smith won in Currituck, 749 to 728 votes.

For the U.S. House of Representatives District 3 seat, Republican incumbent Greg Murphy from Greenville will face off with Daryl Farrow from Trenton. Murphy won a special election to fill the seat of Walter B. Jones, Jr. who died in office. The two candidates did not have primary opposition.

Overall, votes in the primary elections totaled 2,156,409 or 31.07% of the electorate.



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