2020 North Carolina gubernatorial election

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2020 North Carolina gubernatorial election

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Party Democratic Republican

Incumbent Governor

Roy Cooper
Democratic



The 2020 North Carolina gubernatorial election will be held on November 3, 2020, to elect the Governor of North Carolina, concurrently with the 2020 U.S. presidential election, as well as elections to the United States Senate and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Democratic Governor Roy Cooper is eligible to run for re-election to a second term in office, and announced his intention to do so on December 5, 2019.[1]

Under a 2018 state law, party primary elections will be held on March 3, 2020.[2]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
Roy
Cooper
Ernest
Reeves
Undecided
High Point University Jan 31-Feb 6, 2020 198(LV) 80% 8% 12%

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Roy Cooper (incumbent)
Democratic Ernest T. Reeves
Total votes 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Dan Forest
U.S. Representatives
State Legislators[11]
Organizations

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[b]
Margin
of error
Dan
Forest
Holly
Grange
Undecided
High Point University Jan 31-Feb 6, 2020 198(LV) 67% 8% 25%
Hypothetical polling
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[c]
Margin
of error
Dan
Forest
Holly
Grange
Pat
McCrory
Undecided
Harper Polling (R) December 2–4, 2019 500 ± 4.38% 31% 3% 42% 25%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Forest
Republican Holly Grange
Total votes 100.00%

Libertarian primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Constitution primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Al Pisano, chairman of the North Carolina Constitution Party[14][13]

General election[edit]

Predictions[edit]

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[15] Lean D December 13, 2019
Inside Elections[16] Tilt D November 26, 2019
Sabato's Crystal Ball[17] Lean D January 16, 2020
Politico[18] Tossup November 19, 2019

Polling[edit]

with Dan Forest
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Roy
Cooper (D)
Dan
Forest (R)
Other Undecided
Harper Polling/Civitas October 15–17, 2019 500 ± 4.4% 46% 36% 18%
Meredith College September 29 – October 7, 2019 996 ± 3.0% 46% 33% 9% 12%
Harper Polling/Civitas August 1–4, 2019 500 ± 4.4% 48% 36% 15%
Public Policy Polling June 17–18, 2019 610 ± 4.0% 45% 41% 14%
Harper Polling June 8–10, 2019 500 ± 4.4% 47% 37% 16%
Emerson College May 31 – Jun 3, 2019 932 ± 3.1% 52% 38% 10%
Spry Strategies (R)[A] May 25 – Jun 1, 2019 730 40% 44% 16%
Public Policy Polling January 4–7, 2019 750 ± 3.6% 47% 35% 18%
with Holly Grange
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Roy
Cooper (D)
Holly
Grange (R)
Undecided
Harper Polling/Civitas October 15–17, 2019 500 ± 4.4% 46% 27% 27%
Harper Polling/Civitas August 1–4, 2019 500 ± 4.4% 48% 30% 22%
Hypothetical polling
with Phil Berger
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Roy
Cooper (D)
Phil
Berger (R)
Undecided
Public Policy Polling June 17–18, 2019 610 ± 4.0% 46% 39% 16%
Public Policy Polling January 4–7, 2019 750 ± 3.6% 48% 34% 18%
with Pat McCrory
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Roy
Cooper (D)
Pat
McCrory (R)
Undecided
Harper Polling/Civitas October 15–17, 2019 500 ± 4.4% 44% 38% 18%
Harper Polling/Civitas August 1–4, 2019 500 ± 4.4% 47% 38% 14%
Public Policy Polling January 4–7, 2019 750 ± 3.6% 45% 41% 14%
with Tim Moore
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Roy
Cooper (D)
Tim
Moore (R)
Undecided
Public Policy Polling June 17–18, 2019 610 ± 4.0% 46% 38% 16%
Public Policy Polling January 4–7, 2019 750 ± 3.6% 46% 32% 22%
with Thom Tillis
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Roy
Cooper (D)
Thom
Tillis (R)
Undecided
Public Policy Polling January 4–7, 2019 750 ± 3.6% 46% 37% 17%

Notes[edit]

Partisan clients
  1. ^ Poll sponsored by the North Carolina Republican Party
General
  1. ^ Key:
    A – all adults
    RV – registered voters
    LV – likely voters
    V – unclear
  2. ^ Key:
    A – all adults
    RV – registered voters
    LV – likely voters
    V – unclear
  3. ^ Key:
    A – all adults
    RV – registered voters
    LV – likely voters
    V – unclear

References[edit]

  1. ^ @RoyCooperNC (December 5, 2019). "I've officially filed for re-election! Together, we've made real progress, but there is more work to be done. If you're with me, sign up to join our team → act.roycooper.com/join-our-team" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ North Carolina General Assembly
  3. ^ @RoyCooperNC (December 5, 2019). "I've officially filed for re-election! Together, we've made real progress, but there is more work to be done. If you're with me, sign up to join our team → act.roycooper.com/join-our-team" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ Robertson, Gary D. (December 20, 2019). "N Carolina candidates rush for legislature, Meadows' seat". Raleigh News & Observer. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "Dan Forest will hold campaign kick off rally in August". North State Journal. July 10, 2019. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  6. ^ Murphy, Brian; Specht, Paul (July 18, 2019). "State lawmaker, Army veteran Grange joins Republican race for governor". www.newsobserver.com. The News & Observer.
  7. ^ Fain, Travis (December 19, 2019). "No gubernatorial run for McCrory, but he's eyeing US Senate in 2022". WRAL. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  8. ^ Murphy, Brian (October 4, 2017). "Forest isn't officially running yet, but he's earned a big endorsement for governor". The News & Observer. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d e Dan Forest. "#ncpol". Twitter.
  10. ^ Murphy, Brian (October 4, 2017). "Forest isn't officially running yet, but he's earned a big endorsement for governor". The News & Observer.
  11. ^ Dan Forest. "#NCpol". Twitter.
  12. ^ https://www.sba-list.org/candidate/dan-forest
  13. ^ a b State Board of Elections: Candidate list by contest
  14. ^ Batten, Taylor. "For bedrock conservatives, an alternative to the Republican Party". Charlotte Observer.
  15. ^ "2020 Governor Race ratings". The Cook Political Report.
  16. ^ "Gubernatorial Ratings | Inside Elections". insideelections.com.
  17. ^ "Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball » 2020 Governor". crystalball.centerforpolitics.org.
  18. ^ "We rated every gubernatorial race in 2020. Here's who we think will win". Poltico. Retrieved November 19, 2019.

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites