A record number of voters cast ballots Tuesday.
With 2,069,701 ballots cast — or 36 percent turnout — North Carolina beat the 1988 record of 953,759 or 31 percent turnout in a presidential primary. (N&O)
Turnout was driven by intense interest in the Democratic presidential primary, in which Barack Obama beat Hillary Clinton, 56 to 42 percent. Obama gave a victory speech at Reynolds Coliseum, referencing a recent remark by Clinton on the campaign trail.
"They've been saying that North Carolina would be a game-changing state in this election," Obama said. "But what North Carolina decided is that the only game that needs changing is the one in Washington, D.C." (N&O)
Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue and Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory will face off in the governor's race. (N&O) State Sen. Kay Hagan will face U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole. (N&O) State Sen. Walter Dalton will face state Sen. Robert Pittenger for lieutenant governor.
Beth Wood will face her former boss, state Auditor Les Merritt. Schools supperintendent June Atkinson will face former state Rep. Richard Morgan. And state Sen. Janet Cowell will face state Rep. Bill Daughtridge for treasurer.