North Carolina lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2008

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North Carolina lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2008
North Carolina
2004 ←
November 4, 2008 (2008-11-04) → 2012

  Walter Dalton.jpg Robert Pittenger, Official Portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Nominee Walter Dalton Robert Pittenger
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 2,133,058 1,915,012
Percentage 51.1% 45.9%

Lieutenant Governor before election

Bev Perdue

Elected Lieutenant Governor

Walter Dalton

The North Carolina lieutenant gubernatorial election of 2008 was held on 4 November 2008, as part of the elections to the Council of State. North Carolina also held a gubernatorial election on the same day, but the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor are elected independently.

Democrat Walter H. Dalton was elected Lieutenant Governor, succeeding term-limited Beverly Perdue, who was elected governor the same day. Dalton won a slightly larger percentage of the vote than did Perdue in her gubernatorial race, while Republican Robert Pittenger won a slightly smaller percentage than GOP gubernatorial nominee Pat McCrory and Libertarian Phillip Rhodes won a slightly larger percentage than his party's nominee for governor, Michael Munger.

Primary elections[edit]

Democratic Party[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Walter H. Dalton 608,290 45.73%
Democratic Hampton Dellinger 446,678 33.58%
Democratic Pat Smathers 182,607 13.73%
Democratic Dan Besse 92,616 6.96%
Totals 1,330,191 100.00%

Republican Party[edit]

Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert Pittenger 261,834 58.94%
Republican Jim Snyder 84,403 19.00%
Republican Timothy Cook 53,353 12.01%
Republican Greg Dority 44,668 10.05%
Totals 444,258 100.00%


General election[edit]



North Carolina lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2008[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Walter H. Dalton 2,133,058 51.10%
Republican Robert Pittenger 1,915,012 45.88%
Libertarian Phillip Rhodes 126,074 3.02%
Voter turnout 100%


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  3. ^ Note: Winners of primaries are in italics. Vote totals are official and were derived from the NC State Board of Elections website, accessed on June 11, 2008.
  4. ^ NC Libertarians release candidate slate
  5. ^ NC SBOE Candidate List
  6. ^ "2008 General Election". North Carolina Board of Elections. Retrieved 30 January 2011. 

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