NC Politics in the News: Campaign Filing & Election Analysis

March 3, 2014

Pardon Our Dust

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Election season is here, and the races are set. The candidate filing period in North Carolina closed at noon on Friday, February 28. Currently, nearly a third of the state’s 170 lawmakers are unopposed, essentially guaranteeing their re-election. Specifically, 44 House incumbents, and 11 Senate incumbents are completely unopposed. 
The fate of many more will be known after the Primary election on May 6, 2014, as a handful of incumbents in the Senate and House face a primary election only, and five open-seat districts face a primary only. 
As for the rest of the candidates, some will face both a primary and general election, while others face the general election only on November 4, 2014. The Senate can plan to welcome one new member, Andy Wells. Representative Wells has one term in the House under his belt and enters the Senate race unopposed in District 42. 
Incumbents with General Election Only: 48
Incumbents with Primary Election Only: 11
Incumbents with No Opposition: 44
Incumbents with Both Primary & General: 9
Open Seat with General Election Only: 1
Open Seat with Primary Election Only: 4
Open Seat with Both Primary & General: 4
Open Seat with No Opposition: 0
Incumbents with General Election Only: 25
Incumbents with Primary Election Only: 7
Incumbents with No Opposition: 11
Incumbents with Both Primary & General: 1
Open Seat with General Election Only: 0
Open Seat with Primary Election Only: 1
Open Seat with Both Primary & General: 3
Open Seat with No Opposition: 1
To view a breakdown of the individual candidates running for each NC district click the link below:
NC Candidate Tracker by the NC Free Enterprise Foundation
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: GOP Grip on General Assembly Will be Hard to Break
Early analysis of General Assembly races gives Republicans the upper hand, with both parties targeting their efforts and money at a relative handful of competitive districts.
CAROLINA PUBLIC PRESS: Election 2014: More Throw Candidate Hats in Ring as NC Filing Period Ends
North Carolina’s Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat, filed for reelection in Raleigh this week — officially launching what promises to be a bruising, high-profile race that could determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.
NEWS & OBSERVER: Candidate Filing Period Ends in North Carolina
 North Carolina’s top judicial leader appeared likely to be Republican for years to come and GOP U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger got a late primary challenge from a tea party supporter as candidate filing ended Friday.
CAROLINA JOURNAL: Friday Was Election Day for More Than 50 State Lawmakers
The power of incumbency, gerrymandered election districts, and a growing national distaste for politics in general might be the causes of having voter ballots for the May 6 primary election showing more blanks than the responses to a pop quiz.
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