2016 NC Primary

WUNC and NPR provides special live coverage of the primary election in North Carolina and four other states beginning Tuesday evening at 8 p.m.

Updated at 10:33 p.m.  

Republican Presidential Race:

  • Donald Trump is the projected winner of the Republican primary.
  • Trump leads Texas Senator Ted Cruz by four percentage points with nearly 90 percent of precincts reporting.
  • Rubio said earlier this evening that he is suspending his campaign.

Democratic Presidential Race:

  • Hillary Clinton has been declared the winner of the Democratic presidential primary in North Carolina. 
  • Clinton has defeated Bernie Sanders in North Carolina by 14 percentage points.

N.C. Gubernatorial Race:

  • Governor Pat McCrory has won the Republican primary and will be on the ballot for re-election in November.
  • Roy Cooper has won the Democratic primary for governor.

U. S. Senate: 

  • Republican Senator Richard Burr is the winner of his party's primary, according to the Associated Press 
  • Deborah Ross is the winner of Democratic primary and will face off with Burr in November.

Bond Referendum:

  • Supporters of the North Carolina bond are claiming victory.  Voters are approving the bond by a 2 to 1 margin. The $2.2B dollars will be used for building projects at universities, state park improvements, and infrastructure upgrades. 

In North Carolina, there are 72 Republican delegates up for grabs and 107 Democratic delegates.   

View more results below from the NC State Board of Elections (best displayed on mobile in landscape mode ↷):

Tweets by WUNC reporters covering the 2016 North Carolina primary

Ted Budd at the ProShots firearms complex
Bud for Congress

Ted Budd, a gun shop owner from Davie County and a first-time political candidate, took the Republican party’s nomination for the 13th Congressional District on Tuesday night. He emerges from a field of 17 candidates for a seat that will favor the GOP nominee in the November general election.

Photo of Wake County Judge Mike Morgan and Incumbent Bob Edmunds
Courtesy of NC Supreme Court

A field of candidates vying for a spot on the state Supreme Court has been cut in half.

Incumbent Bob Edmunds and Wake County Judge Mike Morgan received the top two vote totals on Tuesday.

The North Carolina Memorial Day Parade in Thomasville
Jorge Valencia / WUNC

When a federal court struck down part of North Carolina’s congressional maps earlier this year saying they were illegal gerrymanders, state lawmakers created a new district that drew immediate attention from dozens of political hopefuls.

U.S. House of Representatives

Voters head to the polls Tuesday for North Carolina's second primary where they will decide congressional races and a swing seat on the state Supreme Court.

One of the more competitive contests is in parts of the Triangle where two familiar elected officials are battling for one seat. It's the only race of its kind in the country - and redistricting is to thank.

An image of Gov. Pat McCrory speaking after voters approved a $2.2B bond referendum
Jorge Valencia / WUNC

The results are in for the North Carolina primary. In the race for president, Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary and Donald Trump has been declared the winner on the Republican side. With 95 percent of precincts reporting, poll results show:

Primary Recall

Mar 15, 2016
North Carolina legislative building
Dave DeWitt / WUNC


For many election cycles, North Carolina held its primary in early May. This year the state hosts two primary elections. State lawmakers chose an earlier date (eventually settling on March 15th) with the hopes of being a more prominent, visible, player during the national race.

Photo: Bernie Sanders rally
Jorge Valencia

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont spoke to thousands of enthusiastic supporters in downtown Raleigh, as part of an effort Friday to garner support in North Carolina and other states that hold primary elections Tuesday.

Call it Mega Tuesday. Only Super Tuesday (March 1) had more delegates at stake on a single day than the upcoming contests on Tuesday. More than 1,000 delegates are up for grabs — and the results will be pivotal.

The biggest prizes on the GOP side are the winner-take-all states of Florida and Ohio. On the Democratic side, which still awards delegates proportionally, it's Florida and Illinois, followed by Ohio.

Photo: Gov. Pat McCrory
Jorge Valencia

Voters in North Carolina’s primary election this month will decide on a state plan to borrow $2 billion in bonds for investment in building and renovation projects. Gov. Pat McCrory in early 2015 asked legislators to put the plan on the ballot. The General Assembly approved a version of his proposal later in the year.

Congressman GK Butterfield poses with Hillary Clinton.
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Hillary Clinton spoke to an audience of more than 1,500 at Hillside High School in Durham, asking for their votes in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Many in the crowd sported sunburns as they packed into the hot gymnasium—battle scars from the hours-long line they waited in to hear Clinton speak.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attracted thousands of supporters to a rally in Fayetteville.
Jay Price / WUNC

Days ahead of North Carolina's primary, Republican front-runner Donald Trump led a boisterous rally in Fayetteville.

Photo: A voting ballot
Flickr Creative Commons/ Ken Zirkel

For the first time in 15 years, North Carolina voters will consider a bond referendum on their primary ballot. The funds from the $2 billion ‘Connect NC Bond’ would go toward general improvement in higher education, infrastructure, and state parks, with nearly half of the funds slated for projects in the UNC System.

Bill Clinton
Jorge Valencia

Former President Bill Clinton gave speeches in Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte on Monday, urging voters to support his wife Hillary and opening a week of heavy presidential campaigning in North Carolina.

The Republican presidential field has thinned with Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina dropping out. Ohio Governor John Kasich remains and will try to keep up the momentum follwing his second-place finish in New Hampshire.
Alex Hanson / Flickr Creative Commons

The race for the White House heats up as voters in Iowa and New Hampshire made their choices. Several candidates, including Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina, dropped out after poor showings in the first two contests.

And in North Carolina, the March 15 primary is in flux because of a court ruling declaring two congressional districts unconstitutional.