Who got more votes in 2004?
Advantage: Perdue, by 76,196 votes.
That's largely because her office has a higher profile. Among the dozen statewide offices on the ballot that year, the race for lieutenant governor had the fourth most votes cast—just below those cast for president, governor and senator.
The treasurer's race, by contrast, was ninth, just above the contests for labor commisisoner, superintendent of public instruction and state auditor.
Put another way, 73,650 fewer people voted in the treasurer's race.
On a percentage basis, Perdue is still slightly ahead. The biggest margins for winners that year went to Insurance Commissioner Jim Long, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, President George W. Bush, Gov. Mike Easley and Attorney General Roy Cooper.
At 55.6 percent, Perdue had the sixth largest margin, while Moore had the seventh with 54.5 percent.
A complicating factor: A Libertarian candidate received 56,638 votes, or 1.7 percent in the lieutenant governor's race, but no third-party candidate ran for treasurer.