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ELECTION RESULTS: Voters decide 2022 NC Primary

Ted Budd (R) and Cheri Beasley (D) win nominations for North Carolina's U.S. Senate seat.
Ted Budd (R) and Cheri Beasley (D) win nominations for North Carolina's U.S. Senate seat.(Provided by campaigns)
Published: May. 17, 2022 at 7:30 PM EDT|Updated: May. 17, 2022 at 11:02 PM EDT
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ASHEVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Polls closed at 7:30 p.m. for the North Carolina Primary Election, where voters will decide the candidates on the ballot in the November General Election.

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MAJOR ELECTIONS

U.S. Senate

There was a crowded field of candidates for the Senate primary, with 14 Republican hopefuls and 11 Democratic hopefuls.

House Representative Ted Budd, backed by former President Donald Trump, has emerged in front of the 14 GOP candidates to win the party’s nomination.

Tedd Budd speaks to crowds after winning the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate

Budd was opposed by former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and former U.S. Rep. Mark Walker.

Cheri Beasley won the Democratic nomination for North Carolina’s U.S. Senate and will face Budd in the General Election. If elected, she would be North Carolina’s first Black senator.

Beasley will run against Ted Budd in the General Election for North Carolina's U.S. Senate seat.

U.S. House District 11

In a very narrow election, U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn lost his bid for reelection in District 11. He has been backed by former President Donald Trump, who urged voters to give the young representative a “second chance” after recent controversy. Cawthorn made headlines in recent months for bringing a firearm to an airport, calling the President of Ukraine a “thug,” and after video circulated showing him behaving in a “crude” manner.

Rep. Madison Cawthorn talked to reporters on election night.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn talked to reporters on election night.(WHNS)

Cawthorn addressed supporters and the media informally on Tuesday night shortly before 10 p.m. and said the election was close, but he still believed he would win.

But shortly thereafter as more results came in from Henderson County, Cawthorn called Chuck Edwards to concede the election.

Edwards, Cawthorn’s strongest challenger for the GOP nomination, declared victory just after 10 p.m. Edwards is the state senator for District 48 and a fast-food franchise owner.

Chuck Edwards will face Jasmine Beach-Ferrara in the General Election for North Carolina's 11th Congressional District.

The District 11 seat has been held by a Republican since 2013.

Jasmine Beach-Ferrara won the Democratic nomination on Tuesday night. She is a western North Carolina county commissioner who strongly opposes incumbent Cawthorn’s political platforms. She supports codifying Roe v. Wade into federal law and legalizing marijuana. She is a member of the LGBTQ community and supports passage of the Equality Act.

We talk to Jasmine Beach-Ferrara as she awaits the results of tonight's race

She was one of six candidates on the ballot for the Democratic nomination along with Jay Carey, Katie Dean, Marco Gutierrez, Bo Hess and Bynum Lunsford.

U.S. House District 10

Incumbent Rep. Patrick McHenry is running for reelection and won the GOP nomination again Tuesday night. He is currently serving his ninth term.

Key votes McHenry opposed during his 2021 term in Congress include the American Rescue Plan Act, the For the People Act, the Equality Act, the Build Back Better Act, the Women’s Health Protection Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

He voted for the National Defence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 and the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act.

Patrick McHenry, running for reelection for U.S. House District 10 (NC-R)
Patrick McHenry, running for reelection for U.S. House District 10 (NC-R)(Provided by campaign)

Four other candidates were on the ballot for the GOP nomination: Jeff Gregory, Michael Magnotta, Gary Robinson and Richard Speer.

Two Democrats are running in the NC primary: Michael Felder and Pam Genant. In unofficial results, Genant appears to be the forerunner in the Democratic primary with 77 percent of the votes.

Pam Genant, candidate for U.S. House District 10 (NC-D)
Pam Genant, candidate for U.S. House District 10 (NC-D)(Provided by campaign)

U.S. House District 5

Rep. Virginia Foxx is the Republican incumbent seeking reelection in District 5. She has held the seat since 2005.

Foxx beat Michael Akerman Tuesday night to win the GOP nomination.

She voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022. Key votes she opposed in 2021 include the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the For the People Act, the Equality Act, the Build Back Better Act and the Women’s Health Protection Act.

Virginia Foxx, candidate for U.S. House District 5 (NC-R)
Virginia Foxx, candidate for U.S. House District 5 (NC-R)(Provided by campaign)

There is no Democratic primary election for District 5. Kyle Parrish is the sole Democrat on the ballot in the General Election against Foxx.

City of Asheville Mayor

Esther Manheimer is running for reelection as mayor of Asheville. She has held the seat since 2013.

In unofficial results, Manheimer is the forerunner in the election with 42 percent of the votes.

Four other candidates are running against Manheimer: Cliff Feingold, Michael Hayes, Kim Roney and Jonathan Wainscott.

County Sheriff Elections

The following counties in western North Carolina have sheriff primary elections:

  • Buncombe County - Sheriff Quentin Miller is running for reelection and won the Democratic nomination. He will face Jeff Worley, the Republican nominee.
  • Graham County - Sheriff Jerry Crisp is running for reelection. He will head to a runoff election against GOP challenger Russell Moody.
  • Haywood County - The current Haywood County Sheriff, Greg Christopher, will retire at the end of his term. John Hemingway won the Democratic nomination Tuesday night. The GOP nomination election between Robert Cope and William Wilke is too close to call.
  • Jackson County - After serving since 2014, Sheriff Chip Hall will retire this year. Two Republican candidates are competing for the nomination: Doug Farmer and Andy Anderson. Three Democrats are competing: Robin Gunnels, Jimmy Ashe and Rich Buchanan.
  • Macon County - Sheriff Robert Holland is retiring after serving in the role since 2002. There are five GOP candidates on the ballot: Bob Cook, Brent Holbrooks, Dereck Jones, Chris Browning and Clay Bryson. The race between Holbrooks and Jones is too close to call.
  • Madison County - Sheriff Buddy Harwood is running for reelection and won his bid for the Democratic ticket. He will face Republican nominee Robin Lyles in the General Election.
  • Mitchell County - Sheriff Donald Street is running for reelection and is the projected winner of the GOP primary.
  • Polk County - Republican Sheriff Timothy Wright is running for reelection and is the projected winner of the GOP primary.
  • Rutherford County - Sheriff Chris Francis is not seeking reelection. Aaron Ellenburg is the projected winner of the GOP primary.
  • Transylvania County - Current Sheriff David Mahoney announced his retirement in 2021. Chuck Owenby is the projected winner of the GOP primary.

VOTER TURNOUT

Due largely in part to the federal races on the ballot, voters turned out in large numbers for the critical primary election in North Carolina.

In Henderson County, approximately 11,000 people voted early or absentee - compared to 6,000 in the 2018 midterm election. This was the 11th highest voter turnout rate in the state.

In Buncombe County, more than 24,500 voters took advantage of early voting. In total, more than 53,700 people voted in the election.

SECOND PRIMARY POSSIBLE

Winners of the North Carolina Primary will become nominees for their political party on the General Election ballot in November. To become a nominee, a candidate must receive more than 30 percent of the votes cast in their race.

If no candidate reaches the required amount of votes to become a nominee, a second primary election will be held on July 26.