What you need to know: It's primary day in North Carolina

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Primary voting is today in North Carolina!

Ballots will look different in each county.


North Carolina voters are choosing their parties' nominees Tuesday in dozens of legislative and congressional primary races congested with contestants who were spurred by strong feelings about President Donald Trump or their state's redistricting struggles.

Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. for primary elections that involved more than 35 current General Assembly members and eight congressional incumbents, including top Republican leaders on Capitol Hill. Polls were to close at 7:30 p.m.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, representing the mountainous 11th District, and Rep. Patrick McHenry, the chief deputy whip representing the 9th District stretching from Gastonia to Asheville, are favorites to win.

The most threatened GOP incumbents may be Robert Pittenger of Charlotte and Walter Jones of Farmville.

The president is also playing a big role in the 3rd District, where Jones is being challenged by Craven County Commissioner Scott Dacey for voting against some of Trump's agenda items, including the tax overhaul law and health care replacement bill. Phil Law, one of Jones' 2016 rivals, is also in the race. Jones, a 12-term deficit hawk opposed to the war in Iraq, has said this is the last time he'll seek re-election.

Other incumbents seeking nominations Tuesday are Democratic Reps. David Price in the 4th District and Alma Adams (12th), as well GOP Reps. George Holding (2nd) and Virginia Foxx (5th).

At the state level, court-ordered state House and Senate redistricting created more competitive districts - some without sitting incumbents, attracting lots of candidates. Pairs of Republican senators were drawn into the same district, meaning two incumbents won't advance. Energy for and against Trump and Republicans in control of the General Assembly also led candidates to file in droves.

A little over 4 percent of the state's 6.9 million registered voters cast ballots before Tuesday, either through early in-person or traditional absentee voting. Some voters had no primaries in which to make a choice because there were no statewide races on the ballot.

Heading out to vote? Here's what you need to know.

The polls opened at 6:30 a.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m.

Once the polls close, check back here for a link to the election results.

Not sure if you are registered to vote? CHECK HERE.

NOTE: The U.S. Supreme Court denied a request from North Carolina to reinstate a controversial voter ID law. The decision means voters WON'T have to show one of several qualifying photo IDs when casting ballots.