MONROE — Out of the more than 6 million voters registered in North Carolina, only 34.37 percent, 2.2 million, cast a ballot in this year’s primary.
Amendment One, which defines marriage between a man and a woman as “the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state,” passed with 1,303,952 votes for, and 831,788 against.
Pat McCrory and Walter Dalton will go head to head for the governor’s mansion in November, Mitt Romney received 634,718 votes for president and there will be a runoff election July 17 for several state and federal offices.
On the Republican ticket, Dan Forest, Tom Gurly and Dale Folwell will again try and gain the majority for a chance at lieutenant governor and Richard Morgan and Mike Causey will square off for the title of insurance commissioner. Ed Goodwin and Kenn Gardner will face off for secretary of state, Richard Alexander and John Tedesco will compete for superintendent of public instruction and Marlow Foster, Ty Richardson and John C. Brooks will compete for commissioner of labor.
For N.C. House District 55, Mark Brody and Richard Johnson will go head to head, while Robert Pettinger and Jim Pendergraph will battle it out for a shot to lead District 9 in the U.S. House of Representatives and Richard Hudson and Scott Keadle will compete for District 8 of the U.S. House.
The Democratic ticket was a bit clearer, with no runoffs as 759,032 voted for Barack Obama for president, 45,508 for Larry Kissell for U.S. House of Representatives District 8, 425,051 for Walter Dalton for governor, 483,567 for Linda Coleman for lieutenant governer, 420,595 for Walter Smith for commissioner of agriculture, 3,403 for Dale Nelson for N.C. House District 55 and 624,817 for Janet Cowell for N.C. Treasurer.
Here’s how Union County’s results compared with the state:
President: Barack Obama, 7,707
U.S. House of Representatives, District 8: Lary Kissell, 4,076
Governor: Walter Dalton, 5,143
Lt. Gov.: Eric Mansfield, 3,496
Commissioner of Agriculture: Walter Smith, 3,928
N.C. House District 55: Tony Benton, 1,128
President: Mitt Romney, 16,730
U.S. House, District 8: Richard Hudson, 4,369
U.S. House, District 9: Robert Pettinger, 5,307
Governor: Pat McCrory, 22,961
Lt. Gov.: Dan Forest, 9,235
State auditor: Fern Shubert, 10,259
Commissioner of Agriculture: Steve Troxler, 10,729
Commissioner of Insurance: Richard Morgan, 6,431
Secretary of State: Ed Goodwin, 9,401
Superintendent of Public Instruction: Richard Alexander 6,181
State treasurer: Steve Royal, 10,053
N.C. House District 55: Mark Brody, 3,508
N.C. House District 69: Dean Arp, 5,309