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2002 North Carolina Senate election

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2002 North Carolina Senate election

← 2000 November 5, 2002 (2002-11-05) 2004 →

All 50 seats in the North Carolina Senate
26 (without Lieutenant Governor) seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
 
Senator Marc Basnight.jpg
Senator Patrick J. Ballantine.gif
Leader Marc Basnight Patrick Ballantine
Party Democratic Republican
Leader since January 1, 1993 January 1, 1999
Leader's seat District 1 - Manteo District 9 - Wilmington
Last election 35 15
Seats won 28 22
Seat change Decrease7 Increase7
Popular vote 1,022,552 1,109,755
Percentage 46.77% 50.76%

President pro tempore before election

Marc Basnight
Democratic

Elected President pro tempore

Marc Basnight
Democratic

The 2002 North Carolina Senate election was held on November 5, 2002 as part of the biennial election to the General Assembly. All fifty seats in the North Carolina Senate were elected.


Results Summary

Party Candi-
dates
Votes Seats
No. % No. +/– %
Democratic Party 45 1,022,552 46.770% 28 Decrease7 56%
Republican Party 42 1,109,755 50.759% 22 Increase7 44%
Libertarian Party 27 54,025 2.471% 0 Steady 0%
Total 114 2,186,332 100.00% 50 Steady 100.00%
Senate seats
Democratic
56%
Republican
44%
Popular vote
Republican
50.76%
Democratic
46.77%
Libertarian
2.47%

Incumbents defeated in general election

Open seats that changed parties

Newly created seats

Seats eliminated by redistricting

  • Luther Jordan (D-District 7) didn't seek re-election after his district was merged with the 4th district to form the new 9th district
  • Ed Warren (D-District 9) didn't seek re-election after his district was merged with the 6th district to form the new 9th District
  • Brad Miller (D-District 14) ran for the U.S House after his multi member district became a single member district (District 16)
  • Oscar Harris (D-District 15), didn't seek reelection after his seat was merged with 11th district to form the new 12th District
  • Howard Lee (D-District 16) lost re-nomination to Eleanor Kinnaird after his multi-member district became a single member district (District 23)
  • Robert G. Shaw (R-District 19) lost re-nomination to Phil Berger after his seat was merged with the 12th district to form the new 26th district
  • Cal Cunningham (D-District 23) didn't seek re-election after his district was merged with the 33rd district.
  • Kenneth R. Moore (R-District 27) lost re-nomination to Virginia Foxx after his seat merged with the 12th district to form the new 45th District

Detailed Results

Districts 1-25

District 1

Incumbent Democrat President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight has represented the 1st district since 1985.

North Carolina Senate 1st district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Marc Basnight (incumbent) 32,723 66.63%
Republican Ron Toppin 16,392 33.37%
Total votes 49,115 100%
Democratic hold

District 2

The new 2nd district overlaps with much of the former 3rd district.
Incumbent Democrat Scott Thomas, who has represented the 3rd district since 2001, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 2nd district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Scott Thomas (incumbent) 26,011 51.69%
Republican Chuck Tyson 24,310 48.31%
Total votes 50,321 100%
Democratic hold

District 3

The new 3rd district includes the homes of incumbent Democrats Ed N. Warren, who has represented the 9th district since 1991, and R.L. Martin, who has represented the 6th district since 1985. Neither sought re-election here and Democrat Clark Jenkins won the open seat.

North Carolina Senate 3rd district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Clark Jenkins 26,444 66.69%
Republican Don Carson 12,743 32.14%
Libertarian Henry Boschen 464 1.17%
Total votes 39,651 100%
Democratic hold

District 4

The new 4th district overlaps with much of the former 2nd district. Incumbent Democrat Frank Ballance, who has represented the 2nd district since 1989, ran for the U.S. House.
Democrat Robert L. Holloman won the open seat.

North Carolina Senate 4th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Robert L. Holloman 28,336 84.11%
Libertarian Tom Eisenmenger 5,352 15.89%
Total votes 33,688 100%
Democratic hold

District 5

The new 5th district is based in Wilson and Pitt counties and isn't a safe seat for either party.
Democrat Tony Moore won the open seat.

North Carolina Senate 5th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tony Moore 22,265 50.86%
Republican Tom Coulson 20,992 47.95%
Libertarian Christopher Ruff 521 1.19%
Total votes 43,778 100%
Democratic win (new seat)

District 6

The new 6th district is based in Jones and Onslow counties. Democrat Cecil Hargett won the open seat.

North Carolina Senate 6th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Cecil Hargett 14,146 51.78%
Republican Tommy Pollard, Jr. 13,175 48.22%
Total votes 27,321 100%
Democratic win (new seat)

District 7

The new 7th district overlaps with much of the former 8th district.
Incumbent Democrat John Kerr, who has represented the 8th district since 1993, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 7th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Kerr (incumbent) 21,211 53.95%
Republican Carolyn B. Russell 18,108 46.05%
Total votes 39,319 100%
Democratic hold

District 8

The new 8th district overlaps with much of the former 18th district.
Incumbent Democrat R. C. Soles Jr., who has represented the 18th district and its predecessors since 1977, was re-elected here.

North Carolina District 8th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic R. C. Soles Jr. (incumbent) 28,513 54.56%
Republican Ray Gilbert 20,993 40.17%
Libertarian Edward Gore 2,750 5.26%
Total votes 52,256 100%
Democratic hold

District 9

The new 9th district overlaps with much of the former 4th district.
Incumbent Republican Patrick Ballantine, who has represented the 4th district since 1995, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 9th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Patrick Ballantine (incumbent) 34,361 65.11%
Democratic Laura Padgett 17,381 32.93%
Libertarian Shaun Mitchell 1,033 1.96%
Total votes 52,775 100%
Republican hold

District 10

The new 10th district overlaps with much of the former 5th district.
Incumbent Democrat Charles Albertson, who has represented the 5th district since 1993, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 10th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles Albertson (incumbent) 21,927 54.52%
Republican George E. Wilson 18,290 45.48%
Total votes 40,217 100%
Democratic hold

District 11

The new 11th district overlaps with much of the former 10th district.
Incumbent Democrat A. B. Swindell, who has represented the 10th district since 2001, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 11th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic A. B. Swindell (incumbent) 26,471 60.13%
Republican Willie Cooke 16,636 37.79%
Libertarian Charles Yow 914 2.08%
Total votes 44,021 100%
Democratic hold

District 12

The new 12th district includes the homes of incumbent Democrats Allen Wellons, who has represented the 11th district since 1997, and Oscar Harris, who has represented the 15th district since 1999. Wellons ran for re-election here but was defeated by Republican Fred Smith.

North Carolina Senate 12th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Fred Smith 26,225 57.67%
Democratic Allen Wellons (incumbent) 19,253 42.33%
Total votes 45,478 100%
Republican gain from Democratic

District 13

The new 13th district overlaps with much of the former 30th district.
Incumbent Democrat David Weinstein, who has represented the 30th district since 1997, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 13th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David Weinstein (incumbent) 21,602 100%
Total votes 21,602 100%
Democratic hold

District 14

The new 14th district is based in Wake County and has no incumbent. Democrat Vernon Malone won the open seat.

North Carolina Senate 14th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Vernon Malone 28,469 64.55%
Republican Carol Bennett 14,518 32.92%
Libertarian Richard Davison 1,117 2.53%
Total votes 44,104 100%
Democratic win (new seat)

District 15

The new 15th district overlaps with much of the former 36th district.
Incumbent Republican John Carrington, who has represented the 15th district since 1995, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 15th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Carrington (incumbent) 36,177 57.08%
Democratic Dorothy Gerry Bowles 25,581 40.36%
Libertarian Nathan Wilson 1,626 2.57%
Total votes 63,384 100%
Republican hold

District 16

The new 16th district overlaps with much of the former 14th district.
Incumbent Democrats Eric Miller Reeves and Brad Miller have represented the 14th district since 1997.
Miller ran for the U.S. House while Reeves was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 16th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Eric Miller Reeves (incumbent) 25,799 49.29%
Republican Paul Coble 25,323 48.38%
Libertarian Jason Mara 1,215 2.32%
Total votes 52,337 100%
Democratic hold

District 17

The new 17th district is based in Southern Wake County and had no incumbent. Republican Richard Stevens won the open seat.

North Carolina Senate 17th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard Stevens 37,076 61.69%
Democratic Thomas B. Hunt 20,616 34.30%
Libertarian Susan Hogarth 2,411 4.01%
Total votes 60,103 100%
Republican win (new seat)

District 18

The new 18th district overlaps with much of the northern portion of the former 13th district.
Incumbent Democrat Wib Gulley, who has represented the 13th district since 1993, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 18th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Wib Gulley (incumbent) 27,335 46.23%
Republican Tom Davidson 19,706 40.53%
Libertarian Mark Kitchens 1,576 3.24%
Total votes 48,617 100%
Democratic hold

District 19

The new 19th district overlaps with much of the former 24th district.
Incumbent Democrat Tony Rand, who has represented the 24th district since 1995, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 19th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tony Rand (incumbent) 25,493 63.36%
Republican Bob White 14,741 36.64%
Total votes 40,234 100%
Democratic hold

District 20

The new 20th district (Based in Durham County) overlaps with much of the southern portion of the old 13th district.
Incumbent Democrat Jeanne Hopkins Lucas, who has represented the 13th district since 1993, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate District 20th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jeanne Hopkins Lucas (incumbent) 30,216 89.31%
Libertarian Jonathan Guze 3,617 10.69%
Total votes 33,833 100%
Democratic hold

District 21

The new 21st district overlaps with much of the former 41st district.
Incumbent Democrat Larry Shaw, who has represented the 41st district since 1995, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 21st district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Larry Shaw (incumbent) 16,584 66.66%
Republican Richard D. Evans 8,293 33.34%
Total votes 24,877 100%
Democratic hold

District 22

The new 22nd District includes all of Moore and Lee counties, as well as the western portion of Harnett County. Republican Harris Blake won the open seat.

North Carolina Senate 22nd district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Harris Blake 24,975 54.43%
Democratic Jimmy L. Love Sr. 20,072 43.74%
Libertarian Jonathan Lubecky 840 1.83%
Total votes 45,887 100%
Republican win (new seat)

District 23

The new 23rd district overlaps with much of the former 16th district.
Incumbent Democrats Eleanor Kinnaird and Howard Lee have both represented the 16th district since 1997. Kinnaird was re-elected here.

2002 North Carolina Senate 23rd district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Eleanor Kinnaird (incumbent) 37,481 65.74%
Republican Peter Morcombe 17,686 31.02%
Libertarian Christopher Todd Goss 1,847 3.24%
Total votes 57,014 100%
Democratic hold

District 24

The new 24th district overlaps with much of the former 21st district.
Incumbent Republican Hugh Webster, who has represented the 21st district since 1995, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 24th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Hugh Webster (incumbent) 23,685 57.79%
Democratic Bill Powell 17,299 42.21%
Total votes 40,984 100%
Republican hold

District 25

The new 25th district overlaps with much of the eastern portion of the former 17th district.
Incumbent Democrat Bill Purcell, who has represented the 17th district since 1997, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 25th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bill Purcell (incumbent) 24,178 57.63%
Republican Donald M. Dawkins 17,778 42.37%
Total votes 41,956 100%
Democratic hold

Districts 26-50

District 26

The new 26th District includes the homes of incumbent Republicans Phil Berger, who has represented the 12th district since 2001, and Robert G. Shaw, who has represented the 19th district since 1985. Berger was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 26th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Phil Berger (incumbent) 40,187 84.69%
Libertarian Jim Capo 7,264 15.31%
Total votes 47,451 100%
Republican hold

District 27

The new 27th district overlaps with much of the former 32nd district. Incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan, who has represented the 32nd district since 1999, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 27th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kay Hagan (incumbent) 28,170 56.16%
Republican Mark McDaniel 20,714 41.30%
Libertarian Tom Bailey 1,272 2.54%
Total votes 50,156 100%
Democratic hold

District 28

The new 28th district overlaps with much of the former 31st district. Incumbent Democrat William N. Martin, who has represented the 31st district since 1983 didn't seek re-election. Democrat Katie Dorsett won the open seat.

North Carolina Senate 28th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Katie Dorsett 26,395 64.01%
Republican Mike Causey 14,139 34.29%
Libertarian Eric Preston Medlock 702 1.70%
Total votes 41,236 100%
Democratic hold

District 29

The new 29th district includes Randolph and Montgomery counties and had no incumbent. Republican Jerry Tillman won the open seat.

North Carolina Senate 29th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jerry Tillman 24,972 64.64%
Democratic Mac Whatley 12,932 33.47%
Libertarian Douglas Kania 728 1.88%
Total votes 38,632 100%
Republican win (new seat)

District 30

The new 30th district overlaps with much of the former 27th district. Incumbent Republican John Garwood, who has represented the 27th district since 1997, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 30th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Garwood (incumbent) 28,591 61.16%
Democratic Ed Gambill 16,842 36.03%
Libertarian James Wentz 1,315 2.81%
Total votes 46,748 100%
Republican hold

District 31

The new 31st district overlaps with parts of the former 20th district. Incumbent Republican Hamilton C. Horton, Jr., who has represented the 20th district since 1995, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 31st district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Hamilton C. Horton, Jr. (incumbent) 43,590 88.15%
Libertarian Donn Linton 5,857 11.85%
Total votes 49,447 100%
Republican hold

District 32

the new 32nd district overlaps with parts of the former 20th district. Incumbent Democrat Linda Garrou, who has represented the 20th district since 1999, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 32nd district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Linda Garrou (incumbent) 28,388 100%
Total votes 28,388 100%
Democratic hold

District 33

The new 33rd district includes the homes of incumbent Democrat Cal Cunningham, who has represented the 23rd district since 2001, and incumbent Republican Stan Bingham, who has represented the 38th district since 2001. Cunningham didn't seek re-election and Bingham was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 33rd district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Stan Bingham (incumbent) 39,932 100%
Total votes 39,932 100%
Republican hold

District 34

The new 34th district includes all of Davie and Yadkin counties as well as most of Rowan County. Republican Andrew Brock won the open seat.

North Carolina Senate 34th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Andrew Brock 28,593 60.19%
Democratic John Carlyle Sherrill, III 17,625 37.10%
Libertarian J. Conrad Jones 1,290 2.72%
Total votes 47,508 100%
Republican win (new seat)

District 35

The new 35th district overlaps with much of the western portion of the old 17th district. Incumbent Democrat Aaron Plyler, who has represented the 17th district since 1983, didn't seek re-election. Republican Fern Shubert won the open seat.

North Carolina Senate 35th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Fern Shubert 33,822 66.68%
Democratic Frank McGuirt 16,903 33.32%
Total votes 50,725 100%
Republican gain from Democratic

District 36

The new 36th district overlaps with much of the former 22nd district. Incumbent Republican Fletcher L. Hartsell Jr., who has represented the 22nd district since 1991, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 36th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Fletcher L. Hartsell Jr. (incumbent) 31,428 66.23%
Democratic Larry Harris 13,363 28.16%
Libertarian Mike Helms 2,664 5.61%
Total votes 47,455 100%
Republican hold

District 37

The new 37th district overlaps with much of the former 40th district. Incumbent Democrat Dan Clodfelter, who has represented the 40th district since 1999, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 37th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dan Clodfelter (incumbent) 23,003 100%
Total votes 23,003 100%
Democratic hold

District 38

The new 38th district overlaps with much of the former 33rd district. Incumbent Democrat Charlie Dannelly, who has represented the 38th district since 1995, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 38th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charlie Dannelly (incumbent) 26,569 100%
Total votes 26,569 100%
Democratic hold

District 39

The new 39th district overlaps with much of the former 35th district. Incumbent Republican Bob Rucho, who has represented the 35th district since 1997, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 39th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Rucho (incumbent) 37,700 65.15%
Democratic Joe Spencer 18,244 31.53%
Libertarian Heather Head 1,919 3.32%
Total votes 57,863 100%
Republican hold

District 40

The new 40th district overlaps with much of the former 34th district. Incumbent Democrat T. L. Odom, who has represented the 40th district since 1989, lost re-election here to Republican Robert Pittenger.

North Carolina Senate 40th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert Pittenger 29,979 54.55%
Democratic T. L. Odom (incumbent) 23,704 43.13%
Libertarian Steven Wright 1,272 2.31%
Total votes 54,955 100%
Republican gain from Democratic

District 41

The new 41st district includes all of Alexander and Iredell counties and had no incumbent. Republican R. B. Sloan, Jr. won the open seat.

North Carolina Senate 41st district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican R. B. Sloan, Jr. 30,338 68.02%
Democratic Victor Crosby 14,261 31.98%
Total votes 44,599 100%
Republican win (new seat)

District 42

The new 42nd district overlaps with much of the former 39th district. Incumbent Republican James Forrester, who has represented the 39th district and its predecessors since 1991, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 42nd district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican James Forrester (incumbent) 36,478 100%
Total votes 36,478 100%
Republican hold

District 43

The new 43rd district overlaps with much of the former 25th district. Incumbent Democrat David Hoyle, who has represented the 25th district since 1993, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 43rd district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David Hoyle (incumbent) 18,958 53.01%
Republican Michael Harrington 16,805 46.99%
Total votes 35,763 100%
Democratic hold

District 44

The new 44th district overlaps with much of the former 26th district. Incumbent Republican Austin Allran, who has represented the 26th district since 1987, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 44th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Austin Allran (incumbent) 30,278 100%
Total votes 30,278 100%
Republican hold

District 45

The new 45th District includes the homes of incumbent Republicans Virginia Foxx, who has represented the 12th district since 1995, and Kenneth R. Moore, who has represented the 27th district since 1997. Foxx was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 45th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Virginia Foxx (incumbent) 32,971 61.81%
Democratic Mollie C. Laws 18,602 34.87%
Libertarian Fran Grig 1,768 3.31%
Total votes 53,341 100%
Republican hold

District 46

The new 46th district overlaps with much of the former 37th district. Incumbent Democrat Walter Dalton, who has represented the 37th district since 1997, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 46th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Walter Dalton (incumbent) 22,251 52.43%
Republican John Weatherly 19,118 45.05%
Libertarian Tony Brown 1,072 2.53%
Total votes 42,441 100%
Democratic hold

District 47

The new 47th district includes all of Avery, Mitchell, McDowell, Yancey, and Madison counties as well as most of Haywood County. The district had no incumbent and Democrat Joe Sam Queen won the open seat.

2002 North Carolina Senate District 47th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joe Sam Queen 25,022 49.05%
Republican Gregg Thompson 24,375 47.78%
Libertarian Sherry Hill 1,619 3.17%
Total votes 51,016 100%
Democratic win (new seat)

District 48

The new 48th District includes all of Henderson and Polk counties as well as southwestern Buncombe County. The District includes the home of Incumbent Democrat Charles Newell Carter, who has represented the 28th district since 1999. Carter didn't seek re-election and Republican Tom Apodaca won the open seat.

North Carolina Senate 48th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Apodaca 32,685 66.74%
Democratic Robert Cogburn Burris 16,291 33.26%
Total votes 48,976 100%
Republican gain from Democratic

District 49

The new 49th district overlaps with much of the western portion of the old 28th district. Incumbent Democrat Steve Metcalf, who has represented the 28th district since 1999, was re-elected here.

North Carolina Senate 49th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Steve Metcalf (incumbent) 26,459 55.93%
Republican R. L. Clark 20,845 44.07%
Total votes 47,304 100%
Democratic hold

District 50

The new 50th district includes the homes of Incumbent Democrat Dan Robinson, who has represented the 29th district since 1999, and Incumbent Republican Robert C. Carpenter, who has represented the 42nd district since 1989. Carpenter defeated Robinson to win another term in the Senate.

North Carolina Senate 50th district general election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert C. Carpenter (incumbent) 30,032 56.46%
Democratic Dan Robinson (incumbent) 23,164 43.54%
Total votes 53,196 100%
Republican hold
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