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Super Tuesday By The (North Carolina) Numbers

Amy Townsend
6.9 million

This is thetotal number of registered voters in North Carolina. Among these voters approximately 2.5 million are registered Democrats, more than 2 million are registered Republicans, and just about 2.3 million are unaffiliated. There are about half a million more registered women than men. Of the state’s 100 counties, Wake has the most registered voters (751,000). Mecklenburg has the second most at approximately 745,000. Tyrrell County, situated on the Albemarle Sound in Eastern North Carolina has only 2,200 registered voters, fewest in the state.

122 delegates

Total number of delegates available. Of these, 110 of these are pledged, 12 are superdelegates.

40 years

It has been this many years since North Carolina has so much on the ballot. Seriously. 1980 was the last time voters were deciding President, Governor, U.S. Senate, and power for all 170 seats at the Legislature. And because this is a year that ends in a zero (Census!), the next round of Congressional and Legislative redistricting will take place at the General Assembly in 2021.

30% (plus 1)

In every race other than the presidential contests, a candidate must get more than 30% of the vote to avoid a runoff. If no candidate earns 30% plus 1 of the primary vote, then the second place finish can request a runoff. There are several races that could.

12 candidates

The number of candidates seeking the GOP nomination in the 11th Congressional District, which is a Republican leaning seat.

9 candidates

The number of Republican candidates in the Lt. Governor primary. Both Republican primaries – in the Lt. Governor’s race and for the Eleventh U.S. House – are seen as having a strong chance of heading to second primaries, or run-offs.

5 states

North Carolina is one of only five states in the country that has races for President, Governor and U.S. Senate in 2020. The other four – Montana, New Hampshire, West Virginia, Delaware – have a combined population that is about half that of the Old North State

0 other states

There is no other state in the country that have new Congressional maps, (partially) or redrawn legislative maps. No other swing state has at much at stake in 2020. And, since this is a year that ends in a zero, that means the next round of redistricting will take place at the NC General Assembly next year. In other words, power over the state House and Senate will likely mean the ability to cultivate favorable political districts for the next decade.

A battleground presidential state, the host of the Republican National Convention this summer in Charlotte, and because of many of the factors listed above, North Carolina is in many ways ground zero for the 2020 election.

Jeff Tiberii covers politics for WUNC. Before that, he served as the station's Greensboro Bureau Chief.
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