2016 North Carolina Attorney General election

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North Carolina Attorney General election, 2016

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  Josh Stein.jpg BuckNewton.jpg
Nominee Josh Stein Buck Newton
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 2,303,681 2,279,076
Percentage 50.3% 49.7%

North Carolina Attorney General election results by county, 2016.svg
Results by county

Stein:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Newton:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Attorney General before election

Roy Cooper
Democratic

Elected Attorney General

Josh Stein
Democratic

The 2016 North Carolina election was held on November 8, 2016, to elect the Attorney General of North Carolina, concurrently with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as elections to the United States Senate and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

Incumbent Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper chose not to run for re-election to a fifth term in office, but instead successfully ran for Governor.[1]

Primary elections were held on March 15, 2016.

Democratic former state senator Josh Stein defeated Republican state senator Buck Newton in the general election.[2]

Democratic primary[edit]

Attorney Tim Dunn had announced in November 2014 that he planned to run for attorney general if Roy Cooper did not run for re-election.[3] Cooper did run for governor as expected, but Dunn did not make any further announcements and did not end up running.

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Josh Stein, former state senator and former deputy attorney general of North Carolina[4]
  • Marcus Williams, attorney, candidate for U.S. Senate in 2008 and 2010, candidate for NC-08 in 2012, and candidate for state senate in 2014[5]

Declined[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Josh Stein 510,003 53.4
Democratic Marcus Williams 445,524 46.6
Total votes 955,527 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results [13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Buck Newton 503,880 54.9
Republican Jim O'Neill 414,073 45.1
Total votes 917,953 100.0

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Josh
Stein (D)
Buck
Newton (R)
Other Undecided
SurveyUSA October 28–31, 2016 659 ± 3.9% 47% 43% 10%
Public Policy Polling October 21–22, 2016 875 ± 3.3% 44% 39% 17%
Civitas Institute October 14–18, 2016 651 ± 3.1% 38% 40% 18%
Public Policy Polling September 18–20, 2016 1,024 ± 3.1% 39% 35% 25%
Civitas Institute September 11–12, 2016 600 ± 4.0% 37% 35% 26%
Public Policy Polling August 5–7, 2016 830 ± 3.4% 39% 38% 23%
Civitas Institute June 21–26, 2016 600 ± 4.0% 35% 35% 27%
Public Policy Polling May 20–22, 2016 928 ± 3.2% 39% 38% 22%
RABA Research April 27–28, 2016 688 ± 3.7% 40% 33% 27%
Civitas Institute April 23–25, 2016 600 ± 4.0% 37% 32% 1% 30%
Public Policy Polling March 18–20, 2016 843 ± 3.4% 38% 37% 24%

Results[edit]

Results[edit]

North Carolina Attorney General election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Josh Stein 2,303,619 50.27% -49.73%
Republican Buck Newton 2,279,006 49.73% N/A
Turnout 4,582,625 100.0% N/A
Democratic hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Attorney General Announces Candidacy For Governor". Charlotte Observer. November 6, 2014. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.wilsontimes.com/stories/Josh-Stein-bests-Buck-Newton-in-attorney-general-race,75992
  3. ^ a b "Inside Politics: Fayetteville lawyer plans run for state attorney general". The Fayetteville Observer. November 17, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  4. ^ Knopf, Taylor (September 21, 2015). "State Sen. Josh Stein makes formal announcement for attorney general". The News & Observer. Retrieved October 13, 2015.
  5. ^ Evans, Meghann (December 19, 2015). "Candidates file for state, local races Friday". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  6. ^ "Former Congressional candidate Tim Dunn of Fayetteville plans run for attorney general". The News & Observer. November 17, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  7. ^ State Board of Elections
  8. ^ Campbell, Colin (March 13, 2015). "NC Sen. Buck Newton considers run for attorney general". The News & Observer. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  9. ^ Campbell, Colin (June 1, 2015). "NC Sen. Buck Newton to run for attorney general Sen. Buck Newton". The News & Observer. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  10. ^ Sexton, Scott (February 17, 2015). "Forsyth's prosecutor may emerge as contender for NC attorney general". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  11. ^ Hewlett, Michael (September 15, 2015). "Forsyth District Attorney Jim O'Neill is running for state attorney general". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  12. ^ Perlmutt, David (September 3, 2015). "Attorney George Rouco, a former CIA officer, to run against Rep. Pittenger in GOP Primary". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  13. ^ State Board of Elections
  14. ^ https://er.ncsbe.gov/contest_details.html?election_dt=11/08/2016&county_id=0&contest_id=1022


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