North Carolina Council of State elections, 1996

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The North Carolina Council of State election of 1996 was held on 5 November 1996, to elect the Council of State. On the same day, North Carolina held elections for Governor and for Lieutenant Governor, who also formally sit in the Council of State.

All the races were won by Democrats, as were the posts of Governor and Lieutenant Governor. All were incumbents except for Elaine Marshall, who won the post of Secretary of State, and Michael E. Ward, who was elected Superintendent of Public Instruction. Both Marshall and Ward succeeded fellow Democrats.

Results by office[edit]

Attorney General[edit]

1996 North Carolina Attorney General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mike Easley (incumbent) 1,453,196 59.07
Republican Robert H. Edmunds, Jr. 1,007,027 40.93
Turnout 2,460,223

State Auditor[edit]

1996 North Carolina State Auditor election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Ralph Campbell (incumbent) 1,184,665 49.92
Republican Jack Daly 1,129,050 47.58
Libertarian Robert Dorsey 40,835 1.72
Natural Law Theodore Janowski 18,643 0.79
Turnout 2,373,193

Commissioner of Agriculture[edit]

1996 North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture election[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic James A. Graham (incumbent) 1,409,801 57.80
Republican Tom Davidson 980,224 40.18
Natural Law R. Gaines Steer 25,052 1.03
Libertarian Eugene Paczelt 24,217 0.99
Turnout 2,439,294

Commissioner of Insurance[edit]

1996 North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance election[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic James E. Long (incumbent) 1,388,894 56.74
Republican Mike Causey 1,010,782 40.93
Libertarian Sean Haugh 26,258 1.07
Natural Law Stephen Wolfe 21,939 0.90
Turnout 2,447,873

Commissioner of Labor[edit]

1996 North Carolina Commissioner of Labor election[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Harry E. Payne, Jr. (incumbent) 1,212,057 50.98
Republican Tracy Walker 1,082,537 45.53
Natural Law Mary Ann Cooke 58,342 2.45
Libertarian Seth Fehrs 24,574 1.03
Turnout 2,377,510

Secretary of State[edit]

1996 North Carolina Secretary of State election[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Elaine Marshall 1,333,994 53.48
Republican Richard Petty 1,126,701 45.17
Libertarian Stephen Richter 20,734 0.83
Natural Law Lewis Guignard 12,896 0.52
Turnout 2,494,325

Superintendent of Public Instruction[edit]

1996 North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction election[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Michael E. Ward 1,243,423 52.00
Republican Vernon Robinson 1,103,288 46.14
Libertarian Chris Spruyt 26,431 1.11
Natural Law Starr Von Stade 18,036 0.75
Turnout 2,391,178

State Treasurer[edit]

1996 North Carolina State Treasurer election[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Harlan E. Boyles (incumbent) 1,219,594 50.62
Republican Ann Duncan 1,144,749 47.52
Libertarian Lewis Hunter 31,492 1.31
Natural Law Peter Lyda 13,251 0.55
Turnout 2,409,086

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Attorney General". North Carolina State Board of Elections. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "State Auditor". North Carolina State Board of Elections. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Commissioner of Agriculture". North Carolina State Board of Elections. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Commissioner of Insurance". North Carolina State Board of Elections. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Commissioner of Labor". North Carolina State Board of Elections. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Secretary of State". North Carolina State Board of Elections. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Superintendent of Public Instruction". North Carolina State Board of Elections. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "State Treasurer". North Carolina State Board of Elections. Retrieved 7 January 2010.