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North Carolina Primary Election Results 2022: Live Updates

A steady stream of voters casting ballots at the Durham County Library on May 17, 2022.
Leoneda Inge
A steady stream of voters casting ballots at the Durham County Library on May 17, 2022.

This post will be updated frequently on May 17, 2022 with the latest information and breaking news on Election Day in North Carolina. The latest updates will be entered at the top with timestamps. Scroll down for older updates.

WUNC has all the coverage you need this election season. Be sure to check out our Races To Watch stories for everything you need to know about candidates in statewide, congressional, legislative and municipal elections. Subscribe to WUNC's Politics Podcast, and follow reporters Rusty Jacobs and Jeff Tiberii on Twitter.

5:46 p.m.

Today’s primary election brought out many conservative voters in Fuquay-Varina.

At Ballentine Elementary School conservative residents were eager to vote for change. Donn Swisher and his wife say they have concerns about abortion and immigration.

“We're pro life, we can't see killing babies even if they're unborn. The border needs to be closed," Swisher said.

Other conservatives like Charlotte Campbell said they want candidates closely aligned with former President Donald Trump.

“Get the right people voted in now specifically I'm going by what Trump wanted so that he can go along with the agenda," Campbell said.

Voting sites close tonight at 7:30 p.m. — Sharryse Piggott, WUNC

5:10 p.m.

4th U.S. Congressional District
4th U.S. Congressional District

This election year sees Alamance County as now part of the longtime Democratic U.S. Congressional 4th District that is represented by David Price.

Alamance, a traditional Republican stronghold sandwiched between progressive neighbors Guilford and Orange counties, had been represented by conservative lawmakers Mark Walker and, most recently, Ted Budd.

Price, who has served since 1997, announced in October that he would not seek re-election.

Eight Democrats and two Republicans are on Tuesday’s ballots. The winners of each of those races will face off in November for the congressional seat. — Joe Jurney, WUNC

4:05 p.m.

Voters were still trickling into the Ballentine Elementary School in Fuquay-Varina late Tuesday afternoon.

Cherry Riddick
Celeste Gracia
There are many important political issues to Cherry Riddick, but women’s rights is top of mind for her. She voted Tuesday in Fuquay-Varina.

There are many important political issues to Cherry Riddick, but women’s rights is top of mind for her.

“There are so many other things that are at stake at this time," Riddick said. "So, it's important for us to cast our votes and make our voices heard."

Graham Hooten's top concern is Russia's war in Ukraine.

“I think it's as important of an election season as there has been in a long time," Hooten said. "It seems like everyone says that pretty much every time there's an election... But I think the future of this country has never seemed more challenging from an economic and foreign events standpoint.”

Jonathan Pearson says he tries to make it to every election possible.

“I think whether it be our local appeals judges or our senators — it’s all important to me," Pearson said. "I think local elections, oftentimes, get swept under the rug, but I try to pay just as much attention to those.”

Pearson adds that there’s not a specific candidate he supports, but he does research before voting. — Celeste Gracia, WUNC

3:54 p.m.

3:30 p.m.

It was hard even finding a parking space at the Durham County Main Library mid-day on Tuesday. Part of the reason was many patrons visiting the brand-new library. And then there are those coming to vote – like Isaac Cheek.

“I’m a Democrat so, I’m going for all Democrats. Period,” Cheek said. “But you know what, it’s a lot of Democrats running against Democrats. I know, I know. But I’m from the old school. I’m going with the ones that got that experience. That’s who I vote for. And I’m going to leave it like that.”

One of the most contested races is for U.S. House District 4 and which Democrat will likely fill the seat of retiring Congressman David Price. — Leoneda Inge, WUNC

3:01 p.m.

According to the New York Times, ballots cast early or by-mail in North Carolina have nearly doubled this election cycle when compared to 2018, the last midterm election.

In 2018, about 295,000 votes were cast early or by-mail. By 6 a.m. Tuesday, more than 580,000 North Carolinians had voted early or by-mail, and votes were still coming in, according to the state board of elections.

“We have never seen a midterm primary with that number of early votes,” J. Michael Bitzer, a professor of politics and history at Catawba College, told the New York Times. “It is either indicative of increased mobilization and energy among the electorate, or it’s a substitution effect of folks who would have voted today simply voting early.”

Bitzer added that the most early votes had come in the 11th Congressional District, where the controversy-ridden Madison Cawthorn is seeking reelection to the U.S. House. Cawthorn has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump. — Mitchell Northam, WUNC

2:05 p.m.

1:27 p.m.

1:05 p.m.

A steady stream of voters are casting ballots at the Durham County Library.

Devin Hunter wears a tag around his neck reading “Durham Community Outreach Team Member.” And he says he is glad to see so many people voting, especially those who voted early.

“The older people have attracted the younger people, which the younger people is getting more younger people to vote. You understand what I’m saying? So, we’re making it look cool. It’s cool,” Hunter says. “So, it’s not really like a stutter step. Right now, people are getting more active.”

Hunter says one of his main concerns is the rapid pace of “gentrification” in Durham. — Leoneda Inge, WUNC

12:17 p.m.

12:06 p.m.

Voters across North Carolina are going to the polls today for the primary elections. Voters are choosing candidates in local, state and federal races.

Alison Freeman lives in Fuquay-Varina. She says she has some concerns about election security.

“About the voting machines, about the system, about remote voting or mail-in voting, so that’s why I came down here and put my vote here, not that it stops other people, but I’m encouraged when I see voters list purged and some effort at integrity,” Freeman said.

There is no evidence of any widespread election security problem. Many voters say they’re most worried about inflation. — Celeste Gracia, WUNC

11:50 a.m.

North Carolina's elections director says voting is going smoothly in Tuesday's primary election.

Karen Brinson Bell says some polling sites in Gates, Warren and Wilson counties may have opened late.

She says the State Board of Elections will decide if those precincts should stay open past 7:30 p.m., which is the standard closing time. — Bradley George, WUNC

10:20 a.m.

Voters like Craig Owens from Fuquay-Varina are concerned about inflation. He went to the polls on May 17, 2022.
Sharryse Piggott
Voters like Craig Owens from Fuquay-Varina are concerned about inflation. He went to the polls on May 17, 2022.

At Ballentine Elementary School in Fuqua-Varina, campaigners lined up early to meet voters as they walked toward the polls.

For Sandi Gossard, there was one issue at the top of her mind above all else.

"The way inflation is going — it needs to go in a new direction," she said.

Craig Owens of Fuqua-Varina is concerned about inflation too.

"I'm not really interested at this time, but I'm hoping to fix gas prices, inflation issues and open up the Alaskan pipelines," Owens said.

 Alison Freeman, resident of Fuquay-Varina, voting at Ballantine Elementary School on May 17, 2022.
Celeste Gracia
Alison Freeman, resident of Fuquay-Varina, voting at Ballantine Elementary School on May 17, 2022.

For Wilson Curtis Waynewright Jr., where candidates stood on climate change and voting rights were important factors for him in deciding who to vote for.

"I appreciate the democracy that we live in," he said. "I'm a veteran of the Air Force and I'm 79 years old, and there's not going to be many more times that I vote."

Another local voter, Alison Freeman, said she compared notes with friends Monday night before going to vote on Tuesday.

"I am a conservative so I was leaning toward conservative candidates. I did careful research," Freeman said. "We compared notes and made our decision. This was a very systematic way of doing it."

Polls are open until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. — Sharryse Piggott and Celeste Gracia, WUNC

7:45 a.m.

Cheri Beasley is the clear front-runner in her 11-candidate primary for the Democratic Senate nomination. If she prevails in November, Beasley would be the state’s first Black senator — and just the third African American woman ever elected to the chamber.

Donald Trump's safest bet on Tuesday might be Ted Budd, who has overcome a slow start to emerge from 14 Republican primary candidates, including former Gov. Pat McCroy, as a favorite in North Carolina's Republican Senate primary.

“Trump is the most important factor,” said David McLennan, a political science professor at Meredith College in the state capital of Raleigh, who also noted that another conservative group, anti-tax Club for Growth Action, has paid for pro-Budd advertising. “Trump’s endorsement turned the tide for him.”

The former president’s support may also swing U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s race to keep his seat from North Carolina despite recent blunders, and political novice Bo Hines’ efforts to win the House nomination for a seat representing a district covering parts of Raleigh and points south.

“Recently, he made some foolish mistakes, which I don’t believe he’ll make again," former President Donald Trump said in a statement on Monday. “Let's give Madison a second chance.” — The Associated Press

7:25 a.m.

It’s Primary Day in North Carolina and several major questions may receive answers.

In the Republican U.S. Senate primary, will Ted Budd defeat Pat McCrory to earn the nomination and all but end the former Governor’s political career?

Can Madison Cawthorn overcome a mountain of transgressions and a bevy of candidates or have his constituents had enough?

And in the races to replace retiring Congressmen GK Butterfield and David Price, will voters support establishment or very progressive candidates?

Nearly 600,000 people cast ballots in the early voting period, and this mid-term primary could see turnout that surpasses 20%. Polls are open until 7:30 p.m. Candidates finishing first in any race need 30% to avoid a run-off. Otherwise, the top candidates will move on to a late July second primary. — Jeff Tiberii, WUNC

6:30 a.m.

This post is compiled and edited by Mitchell Northam, Elizabeth Baier and Joe Jurney.

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