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North Carolina

U.S. President -- North Carolina
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 George W. Bush * (R) 1,934,191  56  
 John F. Kerry (D) 1,501,783  44  
 Other 11,551  0  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP
EDITOR'S NOTE: North Carolina has 15 out of 538 total electoral votes.
County by County Presidential Results

North Carolina Governor
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Mike Easley * (D) 1,908,268  55  
 Patrick J. Ballantine (R) 1,480,446  43  
 Other 51,538  1  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. Senate -- North Carolina
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Richard Burr (R) 1,764,171  52  
 Erskine Bowles (D) 1,607,024  47  
 Other 47,419  1  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- North Carolina District 1
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 G. K. Butterfield * (D) 134,186  64  
 Greg Dority (R) 76,038  36  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- North Carolina District 2
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Bob Etheridge * (D) 134,336  63  
 Billy J. Creech (R) 80,487  37  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- North Carolina District 3
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Walter B. Jones * (R) 166,137  71  
 Roger A. Eaton (D) 68,504  29  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- North Carolina District 4
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 David Price * (D) 215,019  64  
 Todd A. Batchelor (R) 120,005  36  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- North Carolina District 5
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Virginia Foxx (R) 167,080  59  
 Jim A. Harrell (D) 117,005  41  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- North Carolina District 6
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Howard Coble * (R) 205,752  73  
 William W. Jordan (D) 75,438  27  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- North Carolina District 7
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Mike McIntyre * (D) 169,507  72  
 Ken Plonk (R) 65,545  28  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- North Carolina District 8
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Robert "Robin" C. Hayes * (R) 123,976  55  
 Beth Troutman (D) 99,941  45  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- North Carolina District 9
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Sue Myrick * (R) 209,283  70  
 Jack Flynn (D) 88,835  30  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- North Carolina District 10
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Patrick McHenry (R) 157,598  64  
 Anne H. Fischer (D) 88,061  36  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- North Carolina District 11
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Charles H. Taylor * (R) 158,793  55  
 Patsy Keever (D) 130,425  45  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- North Carolina District 12
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Mel Watt * (D) 155,182  67  
 Ada M. Fisher (R) 76,755  33  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- North Carolina District 13
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Ralph "Brad" B. Miller * (D) 156,910  59  
 Virginia Johnson (R) 110,665  41  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

North Carolina Politics

The state's junior senator, John Edwards, is running on the Democratic presidential ticket with Sen. John Kerry, of Mass. Edwards had sough the nomination himself but abandoned his bid after poor showings in the primaries.

Kerry's decision came on July 6, less than three weeks before the start of the Democratic convention. In making his announcement, Kerry called the rich former trial lawyer and rookie senator a man who showed "guts and determination and political skill" in his unsuccessful race against Kerry for the party's nomination.

Before primary season, Edwards had announced he would not seek a second term in 2004 in order to focus on his presidential bid. Edwards won only one primary _ South Carolina.

Former Clinton chief of staff Erskine Bowles faces five-term GOP Rep. Richard Burr for Edwards' open seat. Burr is not seeking another term in the 5th district, which he has held since 1994.

Bowles was the Democratic nominee for North Carolina's other Senate seat, vacated in 2002 by Republican Jesse Helms. He lost handily to Republican Elizabeth Dole in 2002 in a race that was the most expensive Senate contest in the country; they spent a total of more than $22 million.

Earlier in the year, the state held a special election to fill the remainder of the term of former Democratic Rep. Frank Ballance, who resigned for what he said were health reasons but also was under investigation over the handling of funds at a foundation he started. Democrat G.K. Butterfield, a former state Supreme Court Justice, easily won the election and took office immediately.

Democratic Gov. Mike Easley is up for re-election this year against former state Sen. Republican Patrick Ballantine of Wilmington. Easley is expected to win his second term.

Easley came into office in 2000 as the state and country entered an economic downturn that led to job losses and sluggish tax collections. The resulting budget shortfalls forced him to take a number of unpopular steps, including raids on local government money.

It all looked like a recipe for disaster for a Democratic incumbent governor who had never really been embraced by the party establishment. But Easley is now looking a lot stronger than many incumbent governors around the country.

The 10th district seat is open with the retirement of Republican Rep. Cass Ballenger. Ballenger stirred controversy with criticism of an American Muslim group and a black congresswoman. He announced in December 2003 he would retire rather than seek re-election to a 10th term in Congress. Ballenger had never lost an election, serving in local office and the North Carolina Legislature before winning his House seat in 1986.

--The Associated Press

       

More Election Results From North Carolina

WSOC-Charlotte, N.C.
WRAL-Raleigh, N.C.
WNCN-Raleigh, N.C.
WXII-Winston-Salem, N.C.


Previous Presidential Votes
2000 Primary Winners
Democrats: Gore with 70.4%
Republicans: Bush with 78.6%
2000 General Election
Gore (D): 43.2%
Bush (R): 56.0%
1996 General Election
Clinton (D): 44.0%
Dole (R): 48.7%

Election Dates
Presidential/state primary
May 4, 2004

Runoff
June 1, 2004

Delegates/Electoral Votes
Democratic Delegates:
   Pledged: 90
   Unpledged: 17
   Total: 107
Republican Delegates: 67
Electoral Votes: 15






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