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After weeks of waiting and counting, North Carolina voters’ ballots have all been received. The ballots submitted via absentee, provisional, early voting and Election Day voting were all certified by county board of elections on Friday. The results show that North Carolina is politically divided, primarily on urban-rural lines.

Federal offices

Democrat Joe Biden won the presidential election with 306 projected electoral votes after key wins in battleground states like Pennsylvania. North Carolina supported Republican Donald Trump, who received 232 projected electoral votes, for the second time. Trump received 2,757,112 NC votes while Biden received 2,683,787. Mecklenburg County, however, overwhelmingly supported Biden, who won 66.68% of the vote. 

Republican Thom Tillis will serve a second term in the U.S. Senate after receiving 48.68% of the votes compared to Democrat Cal Cunningham’s 46.95%. Keeping in line with the presidential election, 62.34% of Mecklenburg County voters supported Cunningham. Tillis’ victory gave Republicans at least 49 senators, though control of the Senate will be determined by two Jan. 5 runoff elections in Georgia.

NC will send five Democrats and eight Republicans to the U.S. House of Representatives, including Alma Adams (D) from Mecklenburg County’s district. Nationally, Democrats maintained a majority in the U.S. House, though only 420 out of 435 races have been called. Democrats flipped three seats and Republicans flipped nine.

State offices

Governor Roy Cooper, D, will serve a second consecutive term after securing 51.52% of statewide votes compared to Republican challenger Dan Forest’s 47%. Republican Mark Robinson beat out Democrat Yvonne Lewis Holley for the lieutenant governor position 51.63% to 48.37%. Mecklenburg County voters supported both Cooper and Holley. 

The NC attorney general race is still too close to call and likely headed for a recount. Democrat Josh Stein currently leads Republican Jim O’Neill by 14,336 votes. 

Democrats won the state auditor and secretary of state positions while Republicans won the state treasurer, superintendent of public instruction, commissioner of labor, commissioner of insurance, and commissioner of agriculture offices. 

Republicans secured their majority in the State Senate, winning 29 seats compared to Democrats’ 21. In Mecklenburg County’s district, incumbent Democrat Mujtaba Mohammed won with 78.14% of the votes. 

The NC House of Representatives will also remain under Republican control, securing 65 seats compared to Democrats’ 55. Democrat Carla Cunningham will represent District 106 where Charlotte is located.

County offices

Democrats secured all of the Mecklenburg County Commissioner positions. Elaine Powell won Mecklenburg County Commissioner for District 1 with 55.97% of the vote. Vilma Leake received 100% of the vote for District 2. George Dunlap will represent District 3. Mark Jerrell secured his position for District 4 with 100% of the vote. Laura Meier won for District 5 and Susan Rodriguez McDowell won in District 6. 

Democrat Fred Smith will be the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds after receiving 100% of the vote. Rich George secured the position as Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor with 26.98% of the vote.


Charlotte voters approved all three referenda appropriating bonds for transportation, housing and neighborhood improvement. The transportation bond will cost $102 million in hopes of widening streets and acquiring land for transit. The housing bond will cost $50 million and focus on affordable housing. The neighborhood improvement bond will be $44.5 million.




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