|NORTH CAROLINA||15 Electoral Votes|
|North Carolina went from 14 electoral votes to 15 as a result of the 2000 Census|
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, North Carolina State Board of Elections)
White 4,224,098 (76.52%) Black 1,112,959 (20.16%) Other 182,935 (3.31%)
North Carolina has: 100 counties.
Five largest counties: Mecklenburg, Wake, Guilford, Forsyth, Cumberland.
Five largest cities: Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Durham.
of North Carolina
State Board of Elections
The Democratic ticket has not carried North Carolina since Jimmy Carter did in 1976, but Sen. Kerry's selection of Sen. Edwards as his running mate put the Tar Heel State into play. However the result was nearly the same as in 2000, as Bush amassed a plurality of 435,317 votes (12.44 percentage points).
General Election Details
Kerry/Allies | Bush-Cheney '04
In 1999, the NC General Assembly passed legislation to allow in-person, no-excuse absentee voting. A voter could vote at any designated Absentee One-Stop voting site in his or her county from Oct. 16 to Nov. 3, 2000. 393,152 people did so. In addition there were 72,447 civilian absentee by mail votes and 3,766 military absentee returns.
North Carolina, which went Republican by a very narrow margin in 1992, and a close but wider margin in 1996, went solidly into the GOP column in 2000, as Bush-Cheney secured a plurality of 373,471 votes (12.83 percentage points). Bush carried 75 counties to 25 for Gore. Bush won every county in the western part of the state and all the counties along the coast; Gore carried a cluster of 8 counties in the SE and another cluster of 17 counties in the NE. North Carolina did not see much activity at the presidential level, with the exception of the second presidential debate, held on Oct. 11 at Wake Forest University.
General Election Activity
|Notes: North Carolina's onerous ballot access requirements -- 51,324 signatures by May 17, 2000 -- resulted in a limited range of choices for the state's voters. After the Nader campaign fell short, it went to court seeking an injunction to put him on the ballot. U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt turned down their request (Aug. 9 ruling), and an appeal to the 4th Circuit likewise proved unsuccessful (Sept. 15).|
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