Updated Mar 6, 2024 - News

Primary election 2024 results: North Carolina

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Super Tuesday in North Carolina featured a few high-profile races and some results that came in as expected.

Between the lines: To become a particular party's nominee, a candidate must win their primary by at least 30% of the vote plus one.

Here's what we know so far:

Presidential preference

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump won their primaries in North Carolina.

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North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, a Democrat, and Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, a Republican, both dominated their respective primaries. Their November showdown is expected to be one of the country's most closely-watched governor's races.

  • In a recent visit to North Carolina, Donald Trump endorsed Robinson, calling him "Martin Luther King on steroids." Robinson has faced intense criticism over his incendiary comments about women, Jews, and LGBTQ people.
  • Robinson would be the first Black governor of North Carolina. Stein would be North Carolina's first Jewish governor.

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Lieutenant Governor

Among a crowded race, Democrat Rachel Hunt will advance to the November general for this position that yields limited power.

  • Hal Weatherman was leading among 11 candidates with 19.61% of votes. Jim O'Neill was in second place with 15.85% of votes.

Attorney General

Democrat Jeff Jackson and Republican Dan Bishop — two popular Charlotte-area congressmen — will officially face off for the state attorney general's office.

  • Bishop had no challengers in the primaries.

Why it matters: The attorney general's office is widely considered a springboard to governor.

  • Bishop's campaign website accuses Democrats, specifically Cooper and Stein, of using the office as a stepping stone.

The intrigue: Jackson's Democratic opponent Satana Deberry, the Durham Couny district attorney, got a mysterious campaign funding boost during the primaries, per WUNC.

  • Jackson suggested this was a Republican effort to keep him out of the general.


The Republican nominee will go against state auditor Jessica Holmes, the Democrat Gov. Cooper appointed to replace Beth Wood.

  • There were a total of six Republicans in the auditor primary.
  • Jack Clark had 23.24% of votes, followed closely by Dave Boliek at 22.12%.

Agriculture Commissioner

Steve Troxler won the Republican nomination for agriculture commissioner and will face Democrat Sarah Taber in November.

Commissioner of Labor

Luke Farley will run against Braxton Winston, who didn't have a Democratic opponent in the primary.

  • The intrigue: Farley and Jon Hardister, the runner-up, both had strong endorsements. Hardister's was from sitting commissioner, Josh Dobson. Farley had the nod of longtime commissioner Cherie Berry.

Commissioner of Insurance

Republican Mike Causey, the current insurance commissioner, will face Democratic primary nominee Natasha Marcus in the general.

Secretary of State

Republican Chad Brown will try to oust incumbent Elaine Marshall in November.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Mo Green won the Democratic nomination. He'll face Republican Michele Morrow, who has called public schools "indoctrination centers" and attended the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

  • Morrow defeated incumbent Superintendent Catherine Truitt.


Wesley Harris is the Democratic nominee. On the Republican side, Brad Briner had received the most votes.

What's next: The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Editor's note: We'll update this story as Super Tuesday results are finalized in North Carolina.


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