North Carolina swung back to the Republicans in the 2012 presidential election — but the state’s electoral future is far from certain.
Unaffiliated voters outnumber registered Democrats or Republicans in 42 of 100 N.C. counties, according to a recent report of 2012 election results by Democracy North Carolina, a left-leaning voter advocacy organization in Durham.
Unaffiliated voters in the state have been growing, signifying diminishing party allegiance, said Bob Hall, director of Democracy North Carolina.
counties with more unaffiliated registered voters than either party
counties with highest turnout evenly split by Obama and Romney
percent turnout rate for African-American women and white Republicans
percent statewide turnout rate for all demographics
“We’re not so much a state that’s split between Republicans and Democrats as one that’s really up for grabs because voters are not feeling strongly affiliated with either party,” Hall said.
Rick Henderson, managing editor of the right-leaning John Locke Foundation’s Carolina Journal, said the growing number of unaffilliated voters helps make North Carolina a contentious swing state.