North Carolina Council of State election, 2008
|Elections in North Carolina|
North Carolina elections to choose members of the Council of State (who head various executive branch departments) were held November 4, 2008. This coincided with the presidential, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, gubernatorial, and statewide judicial elections.
|Democratic||Elaine F. Marshall||2,291,980||56.80||–0.52|
Incumbent Auditor Les Merritt (Republican) was defeated by Beth Wood, Former Director of Training for the North Carolina Office of the State Auditor on November 4, 2008. Wood had previously defeated Fred Aikens, a retired state employee and retired colonel in the North Carolina Army National Guard, in the Democratic primary.  Wood won approximately 65% of the vote in the primary.
|Democratic||Beth A. Wood||2,175,242||53.57||+4.01|
|Democratic||Roy A. Cooper||2,538,178||61.10||+5.49|
Candidates to succeed him included three Democrats -- state Sen. Janet Cowell,  Michael Weisel,  and Buncombe County Commissioner David Young  -- and one Republican, state Rep. Bill Daughtridge.
Cowell won the Democratic primary with approximately 46 percent of the vote. Young came in second, with 36 percent.
Incumbent Superintendent June Atkinson (Democratic) won renomination by defeating North Carolina Association of Educators president Eddie Davis in the Democratic primary (with about 53 percent of the vote).  Republicans Joe Johnson  and Eric H. Smith  lost to former state House co-Speaker Richard T. Morgan in the Republican primary.
On November 4, 2008, Atkinson defeated Richard Morgan.
|Republican||Richard T. Morgan||1,881,075||46.34||–3.53|
Four Democrats -- Robin Anderson, chair of the State Personnel Commission,  Ty Richardson, Mary Fant Donnan, a former N.C. Department of Labor official,  and former Labor Commissioner John C. Brooks -- filed to run against incumbent Commissioner Cherie Berry (Republican).
Mary Fant Donnan finished first, with almost 28 percent of the vote, in the May 6 primary. Brooks was the runner-up. Brooks called for a June 24 runoff, which was his right, because no candidate won more than 40 percent of the vote in the first primary.  Donnan defeated Brooks in the runoff, with approximately 68 percent of the vote, becoming the Democratic nominee. 
|Democratic||Mary Fant Donnan||2,015,442||49.39||+1.49|
Incumbent Commissioner James E. Long (Democratic) surprised observers by not seeking another term. His chosen successor, assistant Commissioner and former state Rep. Wayne Goodwin, defeated David C. Smith in the Democratic primary by winning about 56 percent of the vote. John Odom, a former Raleigh city councilman, was the only Republican candidate. Mark McMains was the candidate of the Libertarian Party.
- Primary Election Voter Guide
- WRAL: Women now the majority on NC Council of State
- "NC - Election Results". North Carolina Board of Elections. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
- "Auditor's race" : Capital Beat : Blogs : News-Record.com : Greensboro, North Carolina
- Beth Wood | newsobserver.com projects
- Aikens to run for auditor | newsobserver.com projects
- Cowell for treasurer | newsobserver.com projects
- Another shot for Weisel? | newsobserver.com projects
- Young for treasurer | newsobserver.com projects
- Davis considering run | newsobserver.com projects
- Joe Johnson | newsobserver.com projects
- Smith for State Superintendent
- Ansley to run for Ag commissioner | newsobserver.com projects
- Anderson to run for Labor commissioner | newsobserver.com projects
- Mary Fant Donnan profile page
- News & Observer: Labor candidates want a recount
- News & Observer: No recount in Labor race
- Romoser, James. Runoff for labor post goes to Donnan. Winston-Salem Journal, 2008-06-25. Accessed 2008-06-25
- Beckwith, Ryan Teague. News & Observer: Donnan wins runoff that few bothered to vote in. Accessed 2008-06-25
- FayObserver.com - AP Article Page
- Libertarian Party of NC press release: Libertarians File List of 2008 Candidates