North Carolina's 1st congressional district special election, 2004

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North Carolina's 1st congressional district special election, 2004
North Carolina
← 2002 July 20, 2004 (2004-07-20) 2004 →
  G. K. Butterfield, official photo portrait color.jpg
Nominee G. K. Butterfield Greg Dority
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 48,567 18,491
Percentage 71.15% 27.09%

North Carolina's 1st congressional district at the time of the 2004 special election.

Representative before election

Frank Ballance

Elected Representative

G. K. Butterfield

The 2004 United States House of Representatives special election in North Carolina's 1st congressional district was held on July 20, 2004 to select the successor to Frank Ballance (D) who resigned due to health concerns and ongoing investigations which would ultimately culminate in criminal convictions on charges of committing money laundering and mail fraud.

Each party held a nominating convention to choose their nominee for the special election. Democrats nominated Superior Court Judge and former State Supreme Court Associate Justice G. K. Butterfield,[1] while Republicans chose security consultant Greg Dority.[2] Butterfield overwhelmingly won the election to fill out the rest of Ballance's unexpired term.[3] On the same day, he and Dority both won their respective parties' primaries and would face each other again in the November general election, which Butterfield would win.[4]

Republicans did not seriously contest this election given the strong Democratic tilt of the district, which has not elected a Republican to the United States House of Representatives since Reconstruction nor been represented by a moderate to conservative Representative since 1992 when Walter B. Jones, Sr. (D), the father of current 3rd District Representative Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R) died.

Election results[edit]

North Carolina's 1st congressional district special election, 2004[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic G. K. Butterfield 48,567 71.15
Republican Greg Dority 18,491 27.09
Libertarian Thomas I. Eisenmenger 1,201 1.76
Total votes 68,259 100.00
Democratic hold


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  3. ^ Cindy George, “Former Justice Wins 1st District; Butterfield Fills Ballance’s Seat,” 21 July 2004, News and Observer:A16, Retrieved March 2, 2010
  4. ^ William L. Holmes, “Butterfield Wins Special Election; Will Face Dority in November,” 21 July 2004, Associated Press, Retrieved March 2, 2010
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