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N.C. voters select party nominees for Council of State races in primary races

Early voting signs for municipal elections sit outside at Chapel of The Cross on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023.

North Carolina's Council of State is composed of 10 elected officials that are part of the executive branch. Josh Stein and Mark Robinson won their gubernatorial primary election. Likewise, Jeff Jackson won the Democratic primary for attorney general and will face Dan Bishop in November. 

Here are the results for the other eight Council of State races:

  • Wesley Harris won the Democratic primary for state treasurer. Harris received endorsements from former U.S. Representative for District 4, David E. Price, and  Rep. Valerie Foushee, (D-NC 4th). Brad Briner won the Republican primary election.
  • Michele Morrow won the Republican primary for state superintendent of public instruction. Incumbent Catherine Truitt lost by just over 4 percentage points.
    • Maurice (Mo) Green won the Democratic primary. Green received endorsements from previous North Carolina Govs. Jim Hunt and Bev Perdue.
  • N.C. Sen. Rachel Hunt (D-Mecklenburg) won the Democratic primary. Hunt’s father, Jim Hunt, served North Carolina as governor for four terms.
    • Hal Weatherman won the Republican primary. With 11 candidates on the ballot, Weatherman won just under 20 percent of the
  • Incumbent Commissioner of Insurance Mike Causey won the Republican primary. Causey has been the insurance commissioner since 2017.
    • N.C. Sen. Natasha Marcus (D-Mecklenburg) won the Democratic primary. Marcus has previously served three terms as a North Carolina Senator.
  • Braxton Winston, the former mayor pro tem of the Charlotte City Council, was unopposed as the Democratic candidate. 
    • Luke Farley won the Republican primary. Farley received an endorsement from former labor commissioner, Cherie Berry, who served from 2001 to 2020.
  • Chad Brown won the Republican primary for secretary of state with 43 percent of the vote over two competitors. According to his campaign website, Brown supports Lt. Gov. Robinson in the governor's race.
  • Because incumbent Secretary of State Elaine Marshall is running unopposed, there was no Democratic primary for the secretary of state.
  • Jack Clark won the Republican primary for state auditor. There was no Democratic primary, as Incumbent Auditor Jessica Holmes is running unopposed. 
    • Former auditor Beth Wood resigned last year after a controversy with crashing a state-owned car and fleeing the scene.
  • Incumbent Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler won the Republican primary. Troxler has served as the agriculture commissioner since 2005.
    • Sarah Taber, the Democratic candidate, is running unopposed, so there was no Democratic primary.


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