United States House of Representatives elections in North Carolina, 2010

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The 2010 congressional elections in North Carolina were held on November 2, 2010, to determine who would represent the state of North Carolina in the United States House of Representatives. Primary elections, where needed, were held on May 4, and the second primaries, where needed, followed on June 22. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; those elected are serving in the 112th Congress from January 2011 until January 2013.

This was the last election based on apportionments of the 2000 United States Census, which gave North Carolina thirteen seats in the House. Districts for the 2012 elections will be based on the 2010 United States Census.

Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in North Carolina, 2010[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats Before Seats After +/–
Republican 1,440,913 54.1% 5 6 +1
Democratic 1,204,635 45.2% 8 7 -1
Libertarian 16,562 0.62% 0 0 0
Write-In 439 0.01% 0 0 0
Totals 2,662,549 100.00% 13 13

Congressional districts[edit]

District 1[edit]

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Both the Democratic and Republican parties had primary elections. The Democratic primary featured incumbent Representative G.K. Butterfield facing business owner Chad Larkins.[2] G.K. Butterfield won the Democratic nomination with 72.93% of the vote.

There was a four-way race for the Republican nomination including family-owned insurance company executive Ashley Woolard, paramedic Jim Miller, assistant pastor and ethics instructor Jerry Grimes, and part-time sales associate John Carter.[3][4] Ashley Woolard won the Republican nomination with 45.24% of the vote.

In the general election, Democratic incumbent G.K. Butterfield defeated Republican nominee Ashley Woolard.

Campaign Finance[edit]

Through December 31, 2010. Source: Federal Election Commission[5]

Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
G.K. Butterfield (D) $828,117 $794,383 $173,416 $0
Chad Larkins (D) $450 $0 $450 $0
Ashley Woolard (R) $134,394 $134,387 $5 $6,700
Jerry Grimes (R) $13,391 $12,396 $0 $0

Results[edit]

US House of Representatives 1st District Democratic Primary Election 2010[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic G.K. Butterfield 46,509 72.93%
Democratic Chad Larkins 17,262 27.07%
Totals 63,771 100.00%
US House of Representatives 1st District Republican Primary Election 2010[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ashley Woolard 3,774 45.24%
Republican Jerry Grimes 2,220 26.61%
Republican Jim Miller 1,252 15.01%
Republican John Carter 1,097 13.15%
Totals 8,343 100.00%
US House of Representatives 1st District General Election 2010[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic G.K. Butterfield 103,294 59.31%
Republican Ashley Woolard 70,867 40.69%
Totals 174,161 100.00%

District 2[edit]

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In the primaries, no one filed to challenge incumbent Bob Etheridge, who ran for an eighth term, on the Democratic side and the Libertarian Party nominee Tom Rose had no primary either. The Republican primary, however, featured a three-way race between retired businessman Frank Deatrich, nurse Renee Ellmers and auto dealer Todd Gailas.[9] Renee Ellmers won the primary with 55.11% of the vote.

The general election race heated up after the primaries when Renee Ellmers received an endorsement from Sarah Palin and Bob Etheridge was caught on camera man-handling some bloggers who asked him a question and would not identify themselves.[10] This district proved to be the closest race in the state on Election Day. On November 12, 2010, the State Board of Elections reported that Ellmers had defeated Etheridge by 1,489 votes out of 189,800 votes cast in the race. That was a narrower margin than the first results reported on the night of the election, and was within the margin that allowed Etheridge to ask for a recount.[11] After the recount was complete and showed little change in the vote count, Etheridge conceded to Ellmers.[12]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Dates administered Bob Etheridge (D) Renee Ellmers (R) Tom Rose (L) Undecided
SurveyUSA October 21–24, 2010 41% 45%
Civitas Institute June 15–16, 2010 38% 39% 13% 11%

Campaign Finance[edit]

Through December 31, 2010. Source: Federal Election Commission[5]

Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
Renee Ellmers (R) $1,139,876 $908,108 $231,768 $40,227
Todd Gailas (R) $2,140 $959 $1,181 $515
Bob Etheridge (D) $1,414,630 $1,904,688 $226,357 $28,750

Results[edit]

US House of Representatives 2nd District Republican Primary Election 2010[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Renee Ellmers 9,171 55.11%
Republican Frank Deatrich 4,280 25.72%
Republican Todd Gailas 3,190 19.17%
Totals 16,641 100.00%
US House of Representatives 2nd District General Election 2010[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Renee Ellmers 93,876 49.47%
Democratic Bob Etheridge 92,393 48.69%
Libertarian Tom Rose 3,505 1.85%
Totals 189,774 100.00%

District 3[edit]

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In the Republican primary, long-time incumbent Representative Walter B. Jones faced retired Marine and Crystal Coast Tea Party founder Bob Cavanaugh along with third-time candidate and former Democrat Craig Weber.[15] Jones won the nomination with 76.88% of the vote.

Both the Democratic and Libertarian party candidates went on to the general election without facing any primaries.[15]

In the general election, Republican Walter B. Jones faced Democratic political consultant and patient services representative Johnny G. Rouse and Libertarian software developer Darryl Holloman.[16] Jones kept his seat by winning with 71.86% of the vote.

Although Democrats had a 14-point plurality of registered voters, Jones had long been thought to have an unbreakable hold on this district. Much of this area had been part of the 1st prior to 1993, and Jones's father, popular 14-term Democrat Walter Jones, Sr., is still an icon in this region. The district had a CPVI of R+15—a three-way statistical tie for the most Republican district in the state.[citation needed]

Campaign Finance[edit]

Through December 31, 2010. Source: Federal Election Commission[5]

Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
Walter B. Jones (R) $672,357 $577,215 $127,699 $0
Craig Weber (R) $2,181 $2,181 $217 $0
Johnny Rouse (D) $10,588 $11,071 $-547 $0
Darryl Holloman (L) $355 $238 $117 $0

Results[edit]

US House of Representatives 3rd District Republican Primary Election 2010[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Walter B. Jones 21,551 76.88%
Republican Bob Cavanaugh 4,221 15.06%
Republican Craig Weber 2,261 8.07%
Totals 28,033 100.00%
US House of Representatives 3rd District General Election 2010[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Walter B. Jones 143,225 71.86%
Democratic Johnny G. Rouse 51,317 25.75%
Libertarian Darryl Holloman 4,762 2.39%
Totals 199,304 100.00%

District 4[edit]

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Incumbent Democrat David Price did not face any opposition in the Democratic primary. He went on to face the winner of the four-way race for the Republican nomination which featured businessman David Burnett, Gulf War veteran George Hutchins, physician and software entrepreneur B.J. Lawson, and former currency trader executive Frank Roche.[19] B.J. Lawson won the primary with 45.99% of the vote.

David Price faced B.J. Lawson in the general election which was a re-match of their 2008 campaigns.[20] The election also made headlines when the Lawson campaign released an ad that claimed to use Morgan Freeman's voice-over when it actually had not. The Lawson campaign withdrew the ad saying they were misled by M.E.I. Political who produced the ad.[21] David Price won the election with 57.16% of the vote.

Price has represented the district since 1997 and from 1987 to 1995. Despite a CPVI of only D+5, the influence of the state's three major research universities plus Price's status as an Appropriations subcommittee chairman (or "Cardinal") made Price a heavy favorite.

Campaign Finance[edit]

Through December 31, 2010. Source: Federal Election Commission[5]

Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
David Price (D) $994,557 $1,335,750 $10,094 $0
B.J. Lawson (R) $472,914 $474,716 $652 $20,000
David Burnett (R) $12,883 $12,640 $243 $0
George Hutchins (R) $47,886 $57,888 $0 $0
Frank Roche (R) $123,711 $123,711 $0 $0


Results[edit]

US House of Representatives 4th District Republican Primary Election 2010[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William (B.J.) Lawson 10,449 45.99%
Republican Frank Roche 9,228 40.61%
Republican David Burnett 1,967 8.66%
Republican George Hutchins 1,077 4.74%
Totals 22,721 100.00%
US House of Representatives 4th District General Election 2010[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David Price 155,384 57.16%
Republican William (B. J.) Lawson 116,448 42.84%
Totals 271,832 100.00%

District 5[edit]

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Incumbent Republican Virginia Foxx faced a challenge in the Republican primary from medical-practice management business owner Keith Gardner.[24] Foxx won the primary with 79.84% of the vote.

In the general election, Foxx went on to face Democratic Party nominee Billy Kennedy, a farmer and radio host from Watauga County, who did not face any primary challenge.[25] Foxx defeated Kennedy with 65.89% of the vote.

Campaign finance[edit]

Through December 31, 2010. Source: Federal Election Commission[5]

Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
Virginia Foxx (R) $853,579 $575,301 $1,204,438 $0
Billy Kennedy (D) $332,361 $322,140 $10,221 $4,800

Results[edit]

US House of Representatives 5th District Republican Primary Election 2010[26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Virginia Foxx 38,174 79.84%
Republican Keith Gardner 9,639 20.16%
Totals 47,813 100.00%
US House of Representatives 5th District General Election 2010[27]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Virginia Fox 140,525 65.89%
Democratic Billy Kennedy 72,762 34.11%
Totals 213,287 100.00%

District 6[edit]

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In his first primary challenge since elected to the House in 1984, incumbent Republican Howard Coble faced a crowded field of primary challengers including Cathy Brewer Hinson, Jon Mangin, Jeff Philips, James Taylor, and Billy Yow. Except for Yow, who is a county commissioner, all the other challengers were political outsiders and range in age from 25 to 78. Coble won the primary with about 64% of the vote.[28] Coble defeated his general election opponent, Democrat Sam Turner, with relative ease.[29]

Campaign finance[edit]

Through December 31, 2010. Source: Federal Election Commission[5]

Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
Howard Coble (R) $503,434 $925,991 $181,092 $0
Jon Mangin (R) $8,090 $8,058 $30 $0
Jeff Phillips (R) $8,648 $9,019 $-370 $7,945
James Taylor (R) $122,990 $120,110 $2,880 $77,000
Billy Yow (R) $64,471 $64,370 $101 $1,740
Sam Turner (D) $3,775 $3,722 $0 $0

Results[edit]

US House of Representatives 6th District Republican Primary Election 2010[30]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Howard Coble 31,663 63.48%
Republican Billy Yow 7,929 15.90%
Republican James Taylor 7,553 15.14%
Republican Cathy Brewer Hinson 1,468 2.94%
Republican Jeff Phillips 1,095 2.20%
Republican Jon Mangin 168 0.34%
Totals 49,876 100.00%
US House of Representatives 6th District General Election 2010[31]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Howard Coble 156,252 75.21%
Democratic Sam Turner 51,507 24.79%
Totals 207,759 100.00%

District 7[edit]

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Democratic incumbent Mike McIntyre defeated Republican nominee Ilario Pantano.[32]

In 2008, McIntyre won re-election with 53.68% of the vote, despite the fact that his district is conservative leaning. He has represented the district since 1997.

Polling[edit]

Poll Source Dates Administered Mike McIntyre (D) Ilario Pantano (R) Undecided
Grove Insight October 3–5, 2010 52% 41%
SurveyUSA September 24–26, 2010 45% 46%
Public Opinion Strategies August 31 – September 2, 2010 41% 48%

Results[edit]

US House of Representatives 7th District Republican Primary Election 2010[33]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ilario Gregory Pantano 17,177 51.02%
Republican Will Breazeale 11,629 34.54%
Republican Randy Crow 4,862 14.44%
Totals 33,668 100.00%
US House of Representatives 7th District General Election 2010[34]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike McIntyre 113,957 53.68%
Republican Ilario Gregory Pantano 98,328 46.32%
Totals 212,285 100.00%

District 8[edit]

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Democratic incumbent Larry Kissell defeated Republican nominee and retired TV sportscaster Harold Johnson.

Johnson defeated Tim D'Annunzio, retired Army Colonel Lou Huddleston, and others in a Republican primary that went to a second round.

Polling[edit]

Poll Source Dates Administered Larry Kissell (D) Harold Johnson (R)
Survey USA October 1–3, 2010 46% 45%
Public Opinion Strategies August 29–30, 2010 39% 34%
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research August 25–29, 2010 48% 36%
Anzalone Liszt Research August 19–24, 2010 49% 32%
Public Policy Polling June 10–13, 2010 41% 35%
Public Policy Polling January 9–11, 2010 53% 39%

District 9[edit]

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Incumbent Republican Sue Myrick defeated Democrat Jeff Doctor. In 2008, she won re-election with 62% of the vote.

District 10[edit]

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Incumbent Patrick McHenry sought reelection.[35] Republicans Vance Patterson, David Boldon, and Iredell County Commissioner Scott Keadle announced they would run against McHenry in the primary.[36] The primary election was unusual in that McHenry was out-raised by not just one, but two of his opponents.[37] Despite being at a financial disadvantage, McHenry easily won the Republican primary on May 4 with 63% of the vote, while political newcomer Jeffrey Dale Gregory[citation needed] narrowly defeated 2004 Democratic nominee Anne Fischer[38] for the Democratic Party's nomination.[39] McHenry easily defeated Gregory.

District 11[edit]

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Democratic incumbent Heath Shuler defeated Republican nominee Jeff Miller (campaign site, PVS).

In 2008, Shuler faced Carl Mumpower and won with 62% of the vote despite the fact that the district is conservative leaning. Shuler was favored, since he did not face opposition from the man he defeated in 2006, former Rep. Charles H. Taylor.

Polling[edit]

Poll Source Dates Administered Heath Shuler (D) Jeff L. Miller (R) Undecided
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research October 17–19, 2010 54% 39%
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research October 4–6, 2010 54% 41%
SurveyUSA July 22–25, 2010 45% 44% 11%
Anzalone Liszt Research July 8–13, 2010 51% 34%
Public Opinion Strategies June 1–3, 2010 46% 34% 18%

District 12[edit]

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Incumbent Mel Watt defeated Republican Greg Dority.

District 13[edit]

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Incumbent Democrat Brad Miller sought reelection.[40] Those vying for the opportunity to face Miller included Dan Huffman, a small business owner from Wake Forest; Bernie Reeves, a Raleigh publisher and political commentator; Bill Randall, a retired Navy meteorologist from Rolesville; and Frank Hurley, a retired engineer from Chapel Hill.[41] Randall defeated Reeves in a June 22 primary runoff.[42] Miller defeated Randall in the general election.

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