Primary night solidifies strong Democratic ballot


Thursday March 15, 2016

Contact:  Ford Porter


Primary night solidifies strong Democratic ballot


Raleigh, NC – A strong slate of Democratic candidates emerged from Tuesday’s primaries, further illustrating the momentum to bring new leadership and priorities to Raleigh in November.


In what’s expected to be the nation’s most competitive governor’s race, Attorney General Roy Cooper will face Governor McCrory. Cooper has outraised the McCrory campaign for 14 straight months and holds a nearly $1.4 million cash-on-hand advantage heading into the general election. National pundits have labeled Governor McCrory the nation’s most vulnerable incumbent and hailed Cooper as a top tier candidate.


Former State House Rep. Deborah Ross will challenge Richard Burr for US Senate. Ross received early momentum in the race and was the clear choice of primary voters. After 20 years in Washington, Senator Burr is little loved in North Carolina, having to fend off a serious primary of his own.


“The choices this November couldn’t be clearer. Roy Cooper and Deborah Ross are focused on creating high-paying jobs, improving schools, and supporting middle class families. Meanwhile, Pat McCrory and Richard Burr have both pledged to support Donald Trump for President. That’s all North Carolina voters need to know. Up and down the ballot, Democrats are offering the strongest candidates with the right priorities for our families,” said NCDP Chair Patsy Keever.


Filling out the All-Star ballot will be noted rising stars Josh Stein for Attorney General and Dan Blue III for Treasurer. Linda Coleman will run in a rematch of 2012’s razor thin race for Lieutenant Governor and former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker will make a challenge for Labor Commissioner. Popular incumbents June Atkinson, Wayne Goodwin, Elaine Marshall, and Beth Wood will all stand for re-election.