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Preliminary General Election Statistics

UPDATED DEC. 3, 2008

Note: The following figures are based on official State Board of Elections results as of November 25 and on SBOE data through November 6 on absentee ballots cast, including onestop ballots.

Before the polls opened on Tuesday, a majority of the people who would decide North Carolina’s elections had already voted. Statewide, early voters made up 60 percent of those who participated in the 2008 General Election. (They comprised 42 percent of all registered voters.)

Early voting was particularly heavy in Durham, Lee, Orange, and Pender counties, in which early ballots comprised 74 to 75 percent of ballots cast. On the other end of the spectrum, Hyde County saw only 23 percent of ballots cast early, and Avery, Currituck, Robeson, and Yadkin counties had early ballot percentages in the thirties.

Early voters were more likely than election day voters to vote a straight party Democratic ticket. Statewide, 34 percent of early voters selected a straight party Democratic ticket, compared to 23 percent of election day voters.

All Votes

Early Votes

Straight Party Ticket Votes

All Straight Party Votes

Early Votes Only

Election Day Votes Only

County

Registered Voters

Ballots Cast

Voter Turnout

Early Ballots Cast

Early Ballots as Percent of All Ballots

Early Voters as Percent of Registered Voters

Dem

Rep

Lib

Dem

Rep

Lib

Dem

Rep

Lib

Total:

6,226,160

4,354,571

70%

2,627,723

60%

42%

1,283,486

881,856

19,054

889,535

502,655

9,221

393,951

379,201

9,833

Alamance

90,203

65,158

72%

37,079

57%

41%

18,655

15,253

288

12,150

8,338

114

6,505

6,915

174

Alexander

24,235

17,456

72%

9,150

52%

38%

3,198

5,101

79

2,048

2,862

38

1,150

2,239

41

Alleghany

7,269

5,453

75%

3,244

59%

45%

716

711

30

461

413

18

255

298

12

Anson

15,809

10,849

69%

5,673

52%

36%

5,353

1,053

38

3,657

396

10

1,696

657

28

Ashe

20,389

13,420

66%

6,091

45%

30%

2,442

2,629

89

1,426

1,177

32

1,016

1,452

57

Avery

12,486

8,055

65%

2,425

30%

19%

901

2,673

63

397

760

16

504

1,913

47

Beaufort

31,951

23,261

73%

12,123

52%

38%

6,099

4,174

91

3,716

2,088

37

2,383

2,086

54

Bertie

14,144

9,884

70%

6,140

62%

43%

5,432

1,000

22

3,598

530

11

1,834

470

11

Bladen

22,231

15,690

71%

10,386

66%

47%

5,824

1,562

69

4,133

942

40

1,691

620

29

Brunswick

75,778

53,544

71%

37,854

71%

50%

9,967

11,400

305

7,727

8,029

152

2,240

3,371

153

Buncombe

174,685

124,791

71%

88,986

71%

51%

38,905

21,521

640

30,853

14,574

379

8,052

6,947

261

Burke

56,794

38,328

67%

25,072

65%

44%

8,562

9,244

293

6,123

5,842

147

2,439

3,402

146

Cabarrus

109,529

78,667

72%

34,581

44%

32%

16,010

17,919

288

9,571

8,194

94

6,439

9,725

194

Caldwell

53,661

35,671

66%

23,109

65%

43%

6,048

8,066

229

4,458

5,324

139

1,590

2,742

90

Camden

7,156

4,877

68%

2,896

59%

40%

898

903

27

620

487

9

278

416

18

Carteret

47,900

34,932

73%

21,214

61%

44%

5,485

9,066

138

3,460

5,656

71

2,025

3,410

67

Caswell

15,373

11,012

72%

5,524

50%

36%

3,886

1,806

57

2,289

743

17

1,597

1,063

40

Catawba

104,544

70,544

67%

46,672

66%

45%

14,409

20,499

407

10,772

13,947

252

3,637

6,552

155

Chatham

42,503

33,085

78%

21,993

66%

52%

10,688

5,833

106

8,393

3,506

55

2,295

2,327

51

Cherokee

20,798

12,880

62%

6,592

51%

32%

2,216

3,538

109

1,248

1,791

36

968

1,747

73

Chowan

10,551

7,568

72%

5,052

67%

48%

2,443

1,135

36

1,727

708

24

716

427

12

Clay

8,445

5,625

67%

3,525

63%

42%

1,165

1,742

46

803

1,064

21

362

678

25

Cleveland

61,524

44,117

72%

24,586

56%

40%

11,048

8,470

184

7,711

4,413

67

3,337

4,057

117

Columbus

38,385

24,638

64%

13,367

54%

35%

8,986

2,743

152

5,835

1,401

68

3,151

1,342

84

Craven

68,174

45,181

66%

26,239

58%

38%

12,925

10,576

187

9,467

6,695

99

3,458

3,881

88

Cumberland

208,513

128,878

62%

81,667

63%

39%

51,151

21,832

562

35,217

10,678

270

15,934

11,154

292

Currituck

16,472

11,170

68%

4,002

36%

24%

1,723

2,649

72

780

922

13

943

1,727

59

Dare

26,856

18,300

68%

9,421

51%

35%

4,433

3,908

82

2,740

1,974

39

1,693

1,934

43

Davidson

101,325

69,852

69%

35,838

51%

35%

12,628

21,875

382

7,314

11,592

129

5,314

10,283

253

Davie

26,756

20,623

77%

12,346

60%

46%

2,836

6,215

137

2,041

3,660

61

795

2,555

76

Duplin

28,694

20,075

70%

9,513

47%

33%

7,137

3,730

81

4,431

1,559

32

2,706

2,171

49

Durham

178,500

137,358

77%

102,472

75%

57%

58,469

12,523

450

46,223

8,622

310

12,246

3,901

140

Edgecombe

38,637

26,191

68%

18,235

70%

47%

15,317

3,125

57

11,874

1,846

28

3,443

1,279

29

Forsyth

222,081

167,871

76%

91,726

55%

41%

55,684

32,870

566

37,872

17,562

255

17,812

15,308

311

Franklin

36,282

26,836

74%

14,394

54%

40%

8,236

4,838

130

5,573

2,255

61

2,663

2,583

69

Gaston

127,448

85,184

67%

52,191

61%

41%

18,124

22,405

305

12,756

13,598

151

5,368

8,807

154

Gates

8,040

5,490

68%

2,443

44%

30%

2,248

1,189

17

1,244

411

1

1,004

778

16

Graham

6,590

4,325

66%

2,120

49%

32%

622

707

36

395

338

13

227

369

23

Granville

33,545

24,866

74%

16,031

64%

48%

8,932

4,032

92

6,526

2,451

62

2,406

1,581

30

Greene

10,974

8,179

75%

4,811

59%

44%

2,853

1,280

25

1,961

705

12

892

575

13

Guilford

355,073

243,764

69%

160,366

66%

45%

91,996

48,258

974

67,482

30,251

478

24,514

18,007

496

Halifax

36,572

25,303

69%

14,684

58%

40%

13,404

2,518

48

8,639

1,323

20

4,765

1,195

28

Harnett

61,829

41,018

66%

20,853

51%

34%

10,725

8,755

185

6,716

4,125

85

4,009

4,630

100

Haywood

42,350

28,771

68%

16,267

57%

38%

6,500

4,440

167

4,153

2,619

67

2,347

1,821

100

Henderson

77,050

52,381

68%

33,379

64%

43%

10,892

15,683

299

7,968

10,018

143

2,924

5,665

156

Hertford

15,220

10,749

71%

7,182

67%

47%

6,516

1,252

29

4,759

687

14

1,757

565

15

Hoke

25,282

15,711

62%

9,457

60%

37%

6,319

2,468

66

4,297

1,321

32

2,022

1,147

34

Hyde

3,701

2,500

68%

574

23%

16%

818

275

6

237

62

1

581

213

5

Iredell

101,587

73,696

73%

43,097

58%

42%

13,755

18,415

341

9,639

11,057

175

4,116

7,358

166

Jackson

26,615

17,196

65%

10,040

58%

38%

5,015

3,070

119

3,288

1,589

57

1,727

1,481

62

Johnston

100,750

72,318

72%

37,744

52%

37%

15,280

16,596

304

10,494

8,298

130

4,786

8,298

174

Jones

7,248

5,271

73%

2,363

45%

33%

1,513

765

32

769

342

5

744

423

27

Lee

32,839

23,957

73%

17,880

75%

54%

6,121

3,770

110

4,954

2,722

67

1,167

1,048

43

Lenoir

37,997

27,360

72%

18,311

67%

48%

10,054

4,544

74

6,714

3,161

44

3,340

1,383

30

Lincoln

49,879

36,066

72%

19,544

54%

39%

5,790

8,922

166

3,695

4,750

83

2,095

4,172

83

Macon

25,278

17,466

69%

10,726

61%

42%

3,529

3,891

89

2,483

2,411

52

1,046

1,480

37

Madison

16,532

10,642

64%

5,911

56%

36%

2,834

2,090

60

1,742

1,107

28

1,092

983

32

Martin

18,230

12,651

69%

6,262

49%

34%

5,054

1,319

42

3,299

479

14

1,755

840

28

McDowell

29,483

18,672

63%

11,559

62%

39%

3,017

3,643

124

2,067

2,282

77

950

1,361

47

Mecklenburg

627,498

415,248

66%

232,617

56%

37%

148,381

81,729

1,516

93,960

41,017

620

54,421

40,712

896

Mitchell

11,863

7,991

67%

4,514

56%

38%

953

2,260

56

689

1,189

27

264

1,071

29

Montgomery

16,318

11,370

70%

4,784

42%

29%

3,412

2,108

45

1,755

893

17

1,657

1,215

28

Moore

60,150

45,662

76%

29,501

65%

49%

9,542

13,144

192

7,173

8,170

108

2,369

4,974

84

Nash

64,745

47,476

73%

30,506

64%

47%

18,526

9,334

122

14,226

5,721

47

4,300

3,613

75

New Hanover

144,696

101,398

70%

59,617

59%

41%

23,736

18,474

445

16,097

11,211

202

7,639

7,263

243

Northampton

15,257

10,742

70%

5,510

51%

36%

6,039

1,236

23

3,547

558

11

2,492

678

12

Onslow

86,482

50,544

58%

32,026

63%

37%

9,415

9,997

339

6,646

5,864

165

2,769

4,133

174

Orange

105,540

75,194

71%

55,425

74%

53%

30,412

8,972

285

25,043

5,622

183

5,369

3,350

102

Pamlico

9,556

6,848

72%

4,845

71%

51%

1,792

1,291

28

1,357

875

16

435

416

12

Pasquotank

28,343

18,327

65%

13,438

73%

47%

7,248

2,669

89

5,606

1,807

57

1,642

862

32

Pender

33,743

24,180

72%

18,073

75%

54%

5,758

5,589

426

4,370

4,189

266

1,388

1,400

160

Perquimans

9,391

6,610

70%

3,895

59%

41%

1,797

1,321

35

1,078

775

15

719

546

20

Person

25,039

18,736

75%

12,420

66%

50%

5,200

2,561

71

3,782

1,546

43

1,418

1,015

28

Pitt

105,841

75,392

71%

52,130

69%

49%

28,164

14,709

218

20,669

9,930

125

7,495

4,779

93

Polk

15,119

10,790

71%

7,849

73%

52%

2,740

2,528

73

2,239

1,744

40

501

784

33

Randolph

85,657

58,670

68%

29,714

51%

35%

8,572

20,050

292

5,237

10,158

130

3,335

9,892

162

Richmond

29,349

19,501

66%

12,111

62%

41%

6,170

1,891

89

4,143

1,123

44

2,027

768

45

Robeson

68,680

41,397

60%

15,419

37%

22%

17,299

3,661

246

8,158

1,111

67

9,141

2,550

179

Rockingham

59,950

41,952

70%

24,064

57%

40%

10,557

8,681

246

7,099

4,729

121

3,458

3,952

125

Rowan

90,288

61,948

69%

35,188

57%

39%

13,229

14,728

240

9,037

8,476

103

4,192

6,252

137

Rutherford

42,819

29,239

68%

17,798

61%

42%

5,320

5,605

196

3,772

3,313

96

1,548

2,292

100

Sampson

36,990

26,296

71%

14,754

56%

40%

9,087

6,345

77

214

416

3

8,873

5,929

74

Scotland

23,063

14,301

62%

9,483

66%

41%

5,446

1,417

57

3,998

830

26

1,448

587

31

Stanly

38,944

28,816

74%

17,791

62%

46%

4,788

7,919

163

3,200

4,985

86

1,588

2,934

77

Stokes

30,325

22,108

73%

9,045

41%

30%

3,604

5,933

108

1,854

2,503

34

1,750

3,430

74

Surry

45,823

30,241

66%

17,138

57%

37%

5,995

7,178

197

3,926

3,976

86

2,069

3,202

111

Swain

9,825

5,942

60%

3,175

53%

32%

1,567

941

40

957

481

15

610

460

25

Transylvania

23,619

17,333

73%

10,690

62%

45%

3,303

3,429

120

2,375

2,028

52

928

1,401

68

Tyrrell

2,647

1,930

73%

1,031

53%

39%

665

173

10

353

103

5

312

70

5

Union

120,514

86,949

72%

57,584

66%

48%

16,863

27,975

343

13,062

18,937

210

3,801

9,038

133

Vance

29,415

20,996

71%

13,624

65%

46%

10,753

2,346

56

7,596

1,458

34

3,157

888

22

Wake

592,767

444,013

75%

273,817

62%

46%

129,316

83,870

1,593

94,172

46,890

804

35,144

36,980

789

Warren

12,770

10,330

81%

6,467

63%

51%

5,765

1,121

22

3,692

621

10

2,073

500

12

Washington

9,009

6,520

72%

3,637

56%

40%

3,261

590

25

1,940

342

10

1,321

248

15

Watauga

43,415

28,669

66%

18,922

66%

44%

7,182

6,060

192

5,501

3,814

126

1,681

2,246

66

Wayne

68,682

50,284

73%

35,777

71%

52%

15,266

10,520

176

11,672

7,518

110

3,594

3,002

66

Wilkes

42,211

30,227

72%

14,913

49%

35%

3,834

6,277

190

2,295

3,074

70

1,539

3,203

120

Wilson

53,102

37,661

71%

24,901

66%

47%

15,611

8,437

85

11,378

5,482

45

4,233

2,955

40

Yadkin

23,524

17,304

74%

5,544

32%

24%

1,849

4,063

97

854

1,430

25

995

2,633

72

Yancey

14,446

10,060

70%

5,004

50%

35%

3,283

2,255

29

1,828

1,089

12

1,455

1,166

17

Total:

6,226,160

4,354,571

70%

2,627,723

60%

42%

1,283,486

881,856

19,054

889,535

502,655

9,221

393,951

379,201

9,833