2008 North Carolina Democratic primary

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North Carolina Democratic Primary, 2008

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Candidate Barack Obama Hillary Clinton
Home state Illinois New York
Delegate count 67 48
Popular vote 887,391 657,669
Percentage 56.14% 41.61%

The 2008 Democratic presidential primary in North Carolina took place on May 6, 2008, one of the last primary elections in the long race for nomination between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Obama won the primary.

North Carolina sent 134 delegates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. 115 delegates were tied to the results of the primary, with the remainder being unelected superdelegates not pledged to any candidate.[1] Registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters (but not registered Republicans) were allowed to participate.[2] The polls were open from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM, Eastern daylight time (UTC-4).[3] North Carolina had 5,811,778 registered voters in 2,817 precincts, with turnout at 36.42%.[4][5]


Public opinion polling from early January 2008 through mid-February 2008 generally gave Senator Hillary Clinton a single digit lead over Senator Barack Obama.[6] From then on, Obama had the lead in almost every poll,[7] and on May 5, was up by 3%, holding 48% to her 45%. 7% were undecided, with a margin of error of 3%.[8] The new polls gave "fresh hope" to Clinton.[9]


The North Carolina state board of elections reported that misleading robocalls were made to African-American voters in the days leading up to the primary in late April 2008,[10] which essentially told registered voters that they were not registered.[11] According to NPR [12] and Facing South,[13] these calls were made by the organization "Women's Voices Women Vote."[14]

"Women's Voices Women Vote" included members such as former White House chief of staff John Podesta, Maggie Williams, and Page Gardner, all of whom have close ties to the Clintons. Voters and watchdog groups complained that it was a turnout-suppression effort, and the state Attorney General Roy Cooper ordered them to stop making the calls.[14]


Primary date: May 6, 2008

National pledged delegates determined: 115

Key: Withdrew
prior to contest
North Carolina Democratic presidential primary, 2008
Official Results [4]
Candidate Votes Percentage Estimated national delegates[15]
Barack Obama 887,391 56.14% 67
Hillary Clinton 657,669 41.61% 48
Mike Gravel 12,452 0.79% 0
No Preference 23,214 1.47% 0
Totals 1,580,726 100.00% 115

The day that the North Carolina primary was held was known as Super Tuesday III. Along with Indiana which held its primary on the same day, this was largely considered the "Waterloo" of the Democratic primaries. Obama had been under fire for controversial remarks made by Jeremiah Wright, and his lead in North Carolina polls had been reduced to single digits, so Clinton's double-digit loss in that state was a major disappointment. Further hurting Clinton's campaign was the time-zone differences, as the defeat was reported in prime time, and the news of the narrow victory in Indiana had come too late. MSNBC's Tim Russert was quoted as saying "She did not get the game-changer she wanted tonight."[1]

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  1. ^ "News & Observer blog: How N.C.'s delegates will be divvied up".
  2. ^ "North Carolina's open primary". Projects.newsobserver.com. 2008-02-07. Retrieved 2012-04-12.
  3. ^ "North Carolina State Board of Elections". Archived from the original on 2008-06-02. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
  4. ^ a b "NC Election Results". NC State Board of Elections. 2008-05-06. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
  5. ^ "North Carolina Election Results". CBS News. Archived from the original on 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
  6. ^ "2008 North Carolina Democratic Presidential Primary". Archived from the original on 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
  7. ^ "Zogby Poll: Obama Leads by 8 Points in NC; Race Still Very Tight in Indiana. On May 6, Senator Barack Obama swept the NC Primary,Primary".
  8. ^ "InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Survey in North Carolina: Obama 48%; Clinton 45%; --Tied Within Margin of Error". Archived from the original on 2008-05-06. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
  9. ^ Collinson, Stephen. "New polls give Clinton fresh hope as key votes loom".
  10. ^ "Elections board hunting robocaller Archived 2008-06-20 at the Wayback Machine," The News & Observer, April 28, 2008. Accessed April 29, 2008.
  11. ^ Daily Kos Blog. Accessed April 29, 2008.
  12. ^ "Group with Clinton Ties Behind Dubious Robocalls". NPR. 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2012-04-12.
  13. ^ Sturgis, Sue. "Facing South: Center for Investigative Reporting follows Women's Voices' political connections". Southernstudies.org. Archived from the original on 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-04-12.
  14. ^ a b Murray, Shailagh, "Women's Voices, Women Vote: Did the Outreach Overreach?", Washington Post, Sunday, May 4, 2008; Page A10, found at Washington Post article on Women's Voices Women Vote. Accessed May 5, 2008.
  15. ^ "North Carolina Democratic Delegation". The Green Papers. 2008-05-06. Retrieved 2008-05-13.

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