The general election will be held on November 8, 2022. The primaries were due to take place on March 8, but a decision by the North Carolina Supreme Court delayed them indefinitely when the GOP-held legislature challenged a congressional map passed. in 2021. The maps are being challenged by Democratic coalition groups as partisan and racial gerrymandering. Over the past decade, the map of North Carolina was downed 3 times, so it’s not without precedent.
The court has ordered expedited decision-making and the timeline suggests that the court will come to a decision in January 2022, paving the way for primaries to be held later in the year to choose nominees in the general election. The seat, which had been forecast as a Lean Republican, is now open after GOP Senator Richard Burr announced his retirement. This seat, along with the Pennsylvania Senate seat, are the two most competitive open seats in 2022.
READ: Pennsylvania Senate Race 2022 Election
North Carolina Senate Race 2022 Poll: Candidates in Primary
The Republican field is much more competitive than the Democratic side. Here are the candidates running in the primary.
A. Republican candidate
Ted Budd, US Representative for NC-13 (2017 – present)
Marjorie K. Eastman, author and veteran
Pat McCrory, former Governor of North Carolina (2013–2017) and Mayor of Charlotte (1995–2009)
b, democratic Candidate
Cheri Beasley, former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice (2012–2020; Chief Justice 2019-2020)
Everett Newton, Mayor of Beaufort (2017-2021)
Note: Republican House member Mark Walker had announced his candidacy for the seat in 2020, but dropped out in December 2021 after failing to win Trump’s support. He filed re-election for his home seat before the Supreme Court barred the filing of candidates.
Several Trump-world candidates were also considered candidates, including Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump and his chief of staff Mark Meadows. Both backed Ted Budd, like the former president, after refusing to run.
Supreme Court Justice Beasley is the outright favorite in the Democratic primary. She lost the re-election for her seat in 2020 by just 300 votes. Her impressive performance, outpacing both Biden and the Democrats in the Senate election, has given Democrats hope of a strong candidate and can win the seat. The last time the party won a state Senate election was in 2008.
North Carolina Senate Race 2022 Poll: Latest Polls, December 27
A Republican Primary
On the GOP side, there has been only one poll since Walker’s exit, indicating a competitive race between McCrory and Budd.
The poll was conducted by WPA Intelligence, but sponsored by the Club for Growth PAC which has supported Ted Budd’s campaign. This reflects a close race within the margin of error with Bud standing at +/- 4.4%. It was held between December 19 and 21 and sampled 504 potential Republican voters.
Ted Budd: 47%
Pat McCrory: 43%
The poll also said that Buddha is ahead of the 64% to 31% of voters who have heard of both candidates. McCrory has wide name recognition (91%) due to his tenure as governor of the state, while Buddha has represented only a small part of the state, being a member of the House with a name recognition of 60%.
In his last poll, conducted in early November, when Walker was still in the running, McCrory was ahead with 36%. Bud voted him with 33% while Walker voted with 13%.
B Democratic Primary
There have been no surveys since Jackson’s exit from the race on December 16, 2021. A previous poll conducted on behalf of Beasley’s campaign showed Jackson leading 39%-25% in early November.
He is now the prohibition favorite and should be up for a nomination whenever the first event takes place.
North Carolina Senate Race 2022 Poll: Racial Demographics of the Voting Age Population (VAP)
The figures are from the 2020 census. It reflects an increasingly diverse state with a rapidly growing Hispanic population. As a Deep South state it has a large African-American population, especially in rural areas. The strength of the Democratic vote comes from minorities and urban areas, particularly the Research Triangle and Charlotte metro area. Joe Biden won Mecklenburg County – home to 1.1m people – by 35 points, while Clinton won it by only 29. Republican strength is concentrated in the surrounding Exuberon County of Charlotte and the Sandhill area.
Native-Americans are a swing group in the state, unlike natives from other Western states, who have supported Biden by a wide margin. Robson County, which is 40%, supported Trump in 18 and 4 in 2016.
North Carolina Senate Race 2022 Poll: Google Search Updates January 8
a) Republican Primary
Google Trends of the last 7 days agrees with the polls and shows a very close contest between the two candidates.
Ted Budd: 55%
Pat McCrory: 45%
When you add Cheri Beasley, the two Republican candidates combine for a lead, but Beasley has a plurality on searches.
Cheri Beasley: 39%
Ted Budd: 33%
Pat McCrory: 28%
North Carolina Senate Race 2022 Poll: General Election
The race was viewed as competitive in 2016 but Senator Richard Burr won by a bigger margin than expected. Trump won the state by less than 4 points, while Republican Burr won by 5.7. This time he is not on the ballot by Republicans, fueled by the national political climate that is likely to tilt Republicans.
There has been only one vote in the general election. It was organized by Redfield and Wilton Strategies on November 10, 2021 and asked 757 potential voters about their preference for senator.
Ted Budd leads Beasley by 40%-39% while McCrory leads him by 42-40%. Both races are very close to the call, but the high number of face-to-face voters with McCrory may be due to his high name recognition.
This section will be updated with more polls as we get closer to the general election in November
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