North Carolina

North Carolina

Republicans have carried North Carolina in 11 of the last 13 presidential elections. Democrats Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama won in 1976 and 2008, respectively. North Carolina is one of two states Obama won in 2008 but lost in 2012 (Indiana is the other). Follow live coverage

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COUNTIES TO WATCH

Mecklenburg County
Home to Charlotte and its suburbs, this population center has broken heavily for Democrats in the last three presidential elections as its population has ballooned.
Wake County
Another fast-growing population center, Wake County, in the heart of the state's Research Triangle, has shifted Democratic recently. But the county gave Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper over 12,000 more votes than it did Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, the largest gap in any county in the state between his winning campaign and her losing one.
New Hanover County
Republicans have carried New Hanover in all recent presidential years, but their winning margin in the county has been as narrow as 0.6 percentage points in 2008. In 2016, Trump topped Clinton there by about 4 points.
Halifax County
A majority Black county that's home to Roanoke Rapids, turnout is the thing to watch here. Hillary Clinton won fewer votes here than did Barack Obama in either of his campaigns.

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PAST RESULTS

2016 North Carolina president
Candidate%Votes
Trump
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50.5%
2,362,631
Clinton
46.8%
2,189,316
Johnson
2.8%
130,126
2018 North Carolina house
9republicans3democrats1other

DEMOGRAPHICS

North Carolina population estimate (2019): 10.5 M
US population estimate (2019): 328.2 M

RACE

North Carolina
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White
69% NC
73% US
Black or African American
21% NC
13% US
Hispanic or Latino
9% NC
18% US
Other
3% NC
5% US
Asian
3% NC
5% US
Native American
1% NC
<1% US
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
<1% NC
<1% US

INCOME

North Carolina
US
Household median income
$52,413 NC
$60,293 US
Unemployment rate (10/2020)
6.3% NC
7.9% US
Population under federal poverty level
15% NC
14% US

EDUCATION

North Carolina
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Bachelor's degree or higher (Adults 25+)
31% NC
32% US

Notes

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  • Not all candidates are listed.
  • CNN will broadcast a projected winner only after an extensive review of data from a number of sources.
  • "Flipped seat" denotes a race where the 2020 projected winner is from a different party than the previous winner or incumbent.
  • Both Maine and Nebraska allow electoral votes to be split. In Maine, two of four electoral votes go to the statewide winner and one electoral vote goes to the winner in each of the two congressional districts. In Nebraska, two of five electoral votes go to the winner of the statewide vote. One electoral vote goes to the winner in each of Nebraska's three congressional districts.