Women Running in North Carolina

Significance of State

North Carolina is a reddish purple state and seen as critical in 2020 election. It narrowly voted for President Obama in 2008, breaking a long string of Republican victories in the state. Following 2008, North Carolina voters again supported Republican candidates, shifting the balance in the U.S. house from 7 Democratic seats/6 Republican seats to 4 Democratic seats/9 Republican seats. Republicans made additional gains in 2016, picking-up one additional seat and holding these seats in 2018. This could indicate a deep Red state. Or, it could be the result of severely partisan gerrymandering (1)(2) and voter suppression tactics (3)(4)(5). 

Alma Adams ~ U.S. House, District 12

Alma won the Democratic Primary and is running as the incumbent Democrat in a solidly Democratic district. She’ll face Republican challenger Bill Brewster in the general election in November and will likely be successful in her quest to defend her seat as only one of two African American representatives in North Carolina.

Cynthia Wallace ~ U.S. House, District 9

Cynthia won the Democratic Primary and is running against incumbent Republican Dan Bishop to represent North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District

Deborah Ross ~ U.S. House, District 2

In September 2019, a state court panel ruled that North Carolina’s congressional districts had been heavily gerrymandered. They have since been redrawn and the current representative, a Republican, opted not to run for reelection. Deborah won the Democratic Primary and she will face Republican Alan Swain and Libertarian Japeth Matemu in November.

Elaine Marshall ~ Secretary of State

Elaine Marshall is North Carolina's current Secretary of State. She's the first woman to be elected to that office and the first woman elected to statewide executive office in North Carolina.

Kathy Manning ~ U.S. House, District 6

Kathy will face Republican Joseph Lee Haywood and Independents Jennyfer
Bucardo and Bryson Gray in the primary. Republican Mark Walker won this district in 2018 with 56.5% of the vote, so this is a competitive race.

Patricia Timmons-Goodson ~ U.S. House, District 8

Patricia will face Republican incumbent Richard Hudson. Richard has held this seat since the 2012 election, when he beat the Democratic incumbent. This race is highly competitive.

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