Presidential Politics And Election Returns
Last Updated July 15, 2003
North Carolina was the scene of one of the most crucial moments in the 2000 presidential campaign, when the second debate was held at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem in October. Otherwise the state saw little of the candidates. Bill Clinton's and Al Gore's crusade against tobacco helped to put North Carolina out of reach for the Democrats, and neither campaign targeted this now fairly expensive state. Gore ran no better than even in the Raleigh-Durham metro area, and lost the Charlotte and Greensboro-Winston Salem areas by nearly 3-2 margins. In January 2001, the Democratic legislature, presumably giving up on the hope of a national Democratic candidate carrying the state, was considering whether to award 13 of the state's 15 electoral votes to the winner in each congressional district; that would guarantee the Democrats at least three more electoral votes--which would have elected Al Gore in 2000 and made the Florida count irrelevant. The bill failed to pass; it was postponed indefinitely in October 2002.
North Carolina's presidential primary has been crucial only once, in 1976, when after five straight losses, Ronald Reagan started denouncing the Panama Canal Treaty and won his first victory over Gerald Ford. It has been part of the Super Tuesday primary since 1988, but has been overshadowed by the even larger states that vote that day.
|2000 Presidential Vote|
|2000 Republican Primary|
|2000 Democratic Primary|
|1996 Presidential Vote|
For 1992 and 1996 presidential results in North Carolina, please see the Almanac 2000 online.
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