WFDD will bring you live updates, stories, analysis and returns throughout the March 5 North Carolina primary election. Polls close at 7:30 p.m. Comprehensive election results are available on the State Board of Elections website.

2:28 p.m.

Jeff Jackson has secured the Democratic nomination for state attorney general. He’ll be running against Republican Dan Bishop in the fall.

March 6, 10:50 a.m.

Here are some more results from the March 5 N.C. primary, as called by the Associated Press:

  • Pat Harrigan wins Republican nomination for U.S. House in North Carolina's 10th Congressional District.
  • Republican Addison McDowell advances to primary runoff election in North Carolina's 6th Congressional District.
  • Republican Mark Walker advances to primary runoff election in North Carolina's 6th Congressional District.
  • Republican Kelly Daughtry advances to primary runoff election in North Carolina's 13th Congressional District.
  • Laurie Buckhout wins Republican nomination for U.S. House in North Carolina's 1st Congressional District.

March 5, 11:07 p.m.

In the Triad, longtime Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines defeated two challengers, giving him a clear path to victory in the November general election.

Joines was opposed in the Democratic primary by JoAnne Allen and Frankie Gist.

Allen ran against Joines in the 2020 primary and earned just over 30% of the vote. According to complete but unofficial results, Joines received 73% of the vote. No Republicans filed to run for the office.


10:57 p.m.

The GOP primary for North Carolina’s 6th Congressional District may be headed for a runoff.

With 95% of precincts reporting, no candidate in the crowded field has reached the 30% of the vote needed to clinch the nomination.

Addison McDowell was leading with 26% of the vote, with former 6th District Congressman Mark Walker in second place, leading four other candidates.

Incumbent Democrat Kathy Manning chose not to seek re-election after the GOP-led legislature re-drew the district in a way more favorable to Republicans.

Should a runoff be needed, it would be held May 14.


10:25 p.m.

Pam Genant wins the Democratic nomination for U.S. House in North Carolina's 14th Congressional District.

-Associated Press

10:16 p.m.

Eric Blankenburg wins the Republican nomination for U.S. House in North Carolina's 4th Congressional District.

-Associated Press

10:12 p.m.

Virginia Foxx wins the Republican nomination for U.S. House in North Carolina's 5th Congressional District.

-Associated Press

10:04 p.m.

Alan Swain wins the Republican nomination for the U.S. House in North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District.

-Associated Press

9:30 p.m.

Richard Hudson wins the Republican nomination for the U.S. House in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District.

-Associated Press

9:21 p.m.

Deborah Ross wins the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House in North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District.

-Associated Press

9:12 p.m.

Chuck Edwards wins the Republican nomination for the U.S. House in North Carolina's 11th Congressional District.

-Associated Press

8:47 p.m.

There were no surprises in the North Carolina presidential primaries, with President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump easily winning the Democratic and Republican primaries.

With only a small percentage of precincts in, national media outlets called the race for Trump. Shortly before 8:30 p.m., the state's vote totals showed Trump with 74.6% and challenger Nikki Haley with 22.6%.

Biden had no challenger on the North Carolina ballot, but some organizers have been pushing for people to vote "no preference" to show support for Gaza. Biden had 90.4%, with "no preference" receiving 9.6%.

The vote sets up a rematch of 2020, when Trump won North Carolina 49.9% to 48.6% over Biden.

In Charlotte, some voters said they were concerned with Biden's policies in support of Israel and voted "no preference" to send a message. Democrat Keith Sorensen said he didn't vote for Biden on Tuesday over the Israel-Hamas war — but that he will in the general election.

"I will vote for him come November. I’d much rather Biden than Donald Trump back in the White House. But I just want to send a message that you know, don’t take for granted that Democrats are going to support you," he said.

While 81-year-old Biden's age is often cited as an issue, some voters said they aren't concerned. Sherron Harris doesn’t usually vote in primaries, but she showed up to her precinct in Charlotte’s South End on Tuesday. She said President Biden’s age is an asset.

“I know they keep talking about age, but age is just a number. I really feel that with his age, it does bring a lot of knowledge and then just his experience. So, I really feel confident in another four years with having Joe Biden as president," she said.

Shanintra Anglin, a teacher who recently moved to Charlotte, said she’s excited to feel like her vote will finally count this year.

"Coming from a very blue state, in New Jersey, it is hard to feel like your voice matters and so it was nice to be able to vote and have my voice count here. (I) definitely voted for President Trump. His policies are great, the country was doing better three years ago and I am hopeful that we can return back to that peace and prosperity," she said.

Anglin said she’s especially concerned with inflation and high prices, and she hopes Trump can address those and increase affordability.


8:28 p.m.

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore has won the Republican nomination for the 14th U.S. House District in North Carolina. Moore’s fellow Republican lawmakers drew the district to help the Kings Mountain lawyer get to Washington. The district is one of three expected to flip from Democrats to Republicans in the November election after the North Carolina General Assembly redrew districts fashioned by judges for the 2022 elections.

North Carolina’s current U.S. House delegation comprises seven Democrats and seven Republicans. The 14th District includes portions of Charlotte and points west to the foothills.

-Associated Press

8:21 p.m.

The Democratic attorney general and the Republican lieutenant governor won North Carolina’s primaries for governor, setting the stage for what will be an expensive and high-stakes November contest in a state that the two parties see as a pivotal battleground in 2024.

Josh Stein and Mark Robinson, each of whom turned back multiple party rivals, will present a stark contrast for voters in the ninth-largest state’s fall elections.

-Associated Press

8:10 p.m.

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Stein won the primary over four other party competitors, including former state Supreme Court Associate Justice Mike Morgan. Stein had the endorsement of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who was barred by term limits from running this year.

Democrats have held the Executive Mansion almost exclusively for over 30 years, even as the state's legislative and judicial branches shift rightward. Stein is a former state senator first elected attorney general in 2016. He's been by far the largest fundraiser among gubernatorial hopefuls.

-Associated Press

8:01 p.m.

Mark Robinson wins the Republican nomination for governor in the North Carolina primary election.

-Associated Press

8:00 p.m.

Donald Trump wins the Republican presidential primary in North Carolina.

-Associated Press

7:40 p.m.

Joe Biden wins the Democratic presidential primary in North Carolina.

-Associated Press

5:15 p.m.

Voters came out early in Greensboro for the 2024 primary election. Some saw it as a pivotal moment for the future of the state and country.

When Richard Jones voted in previous elections he was used to a waiting time. But when he arrived at his polling location at East White Oak Baptist Church in Greensboro he was in and out within minutes. He said it’s a sign of the redistricting efforts in large cities by the GOP-led legislature, with the Triad’s 6th District being one of the most affected areas.

“It’s taken away really the voting power of Greensboro, Charlotte and Raleigh,” said Jones. “They’ve diluted them.”

Jones said the conditions of the legislature and the state of democracy were his primary concerns driving him to the polls this year, and more voting is what’s needed.

For Zachary McChristian, his major concern was border security and the perceived focus on immigrants before citizens.

“We got a serious problem in this country where we don’t take care of our own people,” he said. “How are we expected to grow as a nation if the very people that built this nation are not one of our major concerns.”

McChristian said he identifies as an Independent because Democrats and Republicans haven’t done much for Black America. He said housing, inflation and support for historically Black colleges were some of his other concerns.


3:00 p.m.

North Carolina State Board of Elections officials say that so far, the majority of voters have gotten the message about bringing a photo ID to the polls. A law requiring North Carolinians to show a photo ID when voting went into effect last fall.

A report by Democracy North Carolina, a nonprofit focused on democratic processes, found that confusion and misinterpretation of the law led to some voter disenfranchisement last year. But state officials say there’s been improvement based on absentee and early voting statistics. 

Karen Brinson Bell, the executive director of the State Board of Elections, gave an update at a press conference Tuesday morning. 

“Only about three out of every 10,000 voters had to vote a provisional ballot due to the photo ID requirement,” Bell said. “We believe this is a strong sign that the word is getting out that you should bring your ID to vote.”

Of the roughly 695,000 early and absentee voters in the primary election, Bell says only 216 had to vote a provisional ballot by either filling out an ID exception form, or agreeing to return with acceptable identification by March 14. 


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