Candidates request second primaries

Posted May 17, 2012

Of the 16 candidates who were eligible to request second primaries in state legislative, Congressional and Council of State races, 15 have done so by today's noon deadline.

This year's second primary will be on July 17. A second primary happens when no candidate wins more than 40 percent of the vote in their party's first primary. The second-place finisher then is able to call for a second primary to determine who goes on to the general election.

Greg Dority, who placed second in the Republican primary for state auditor did not request a runoff. That means Republican Debra Goldman, a Wake County school board member, will face incumbent Beth Wood this fall. 

Registered Democrats and Republicans may vote in the second primary, even if they didn't vote on May 8. Unaffiliated voters who did not vote on May 8 may also vote in either the Republican or Democratic second primary. Unaffiliated voters who voted on May 8 may vote in the same party's primary. (An unaffiliated voter who voted in the Democratic primary May 8 must vote in the Democratic second primary. That person may NOT, for example, choose to vote in the Republican second primary.) 

Here are the races with runoffs: 

U.S. House District 8 (Republican) 

Richard Hudson received 32.07 percent of the vote in a five-way primary. Scott Keadle, who received 21.96 percent of the vote called for a runoff. The winner will face Democratic incumbent Larry Kissell in the General Election. This district stretches from the South Carolina border into Davidson and Randolph counties. 

U.S. House District 9 (Republican) 

This Republican-leaning district is based in Mecklenburg County and the eventual GOP nominee is expected to have an edge over the Democrat and Libertarian in the race. Jim Pendergraph, a former Mecklenburg County Sheriff received 25.31percent of the May 8 vote. He called for a second primary against former state Sen. Robert Pittenger, who received 32.45 percent. 

U.S. House District 11 (Republican)

Mark Meadows, a businessman and party volunteer, fell less than three percentage points shy for the 40 percent of the vote he needed to avoid a second primary. He will face Vance Patterson, a businessman and 2010 candidate for Congress, who got 23.61 percent of the May 8 vote. 

Lieutenant Governor (Republican)

Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley, a Wake County Commissioner who got 24.83 percent of the vote, has called for a second primary versus Dan Forrest, who get 32.98 percent of the vote in a five-way primary. 

 Insurance Commissioner (Republican) 

Mike Causey, a Greensboro-area farmer and retired insurance executive, was only two percentage points behind former House co-speaker Richard Morgan in the three-way primary. The two will square off for the right to challenge incumbent Democrat Wayne Goodwin. 

Commissioner of Labor (Democrat) 

John Brooks, a former labor commissioner, is trying to win his old job back. He lead the three-way field but fell three percentage points short of winning the Democratic nomination. Marlowe Foster, who got 32.98 percent of the vote, called for the second primary. The winner will face Republican incumbent Cherie Berry. 

Secretary of State (Republican) 

Kenn Gardener challenged Ed Goodwin to a second primary after the two men won 29.82 percent and 35.94 percent respectively in the four-way May 8 ballot. The winner will face Elaine Marshall, the incumbent Democrat. 

Superintendent of Public Instruction 

Wake County School Board member John Tedesco garnered less than 30 percent of the vote in the five-way May 8 vote. He faces Richard Alexander, a special education teacher, for the right to challenge Democratic incumbent June Atkinson.

State Senate

District 12 (Republican) Ronald Rabin versus Don Davis. (Davis is a former House lawmaker.) 
District 21 (Democrat) Robert Clark III versus Bill R. King. (King was the only one of six candidates to get more than 20 percent of the vote.) 
District 44 (Republican) David Curtis versus Chris Carney.

Update: In state Senate District 41 is entirely contained in Mecklenburg County, so the second primary is not governed by the state board of election. In that Republican primary John Aneralla as requested a runoff against Jeff Tarte.

State House 

District 6 (Republican) Arthur Williams versus Mattie Lawson. (Williams, who was once a Democratic lawmaker, was withing two percentage points of Lawson in the three-way May 8 ballot.) 
District 32 (Democrat) Nathan Baskerville versus Jim Crawford. (Crawford is the son of Rep. Jim Crawford, who lost his own primary on May 8.) 
District 109 (Republican) Will Neumann versus Dana Bumgardner. (Neumann, a former state representative, trailed in the May 8 vote.)

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  • hp277 May 18, 2012

    July 17?

    Turnout will be less than 5%.