Roy Cooper got the most votes Tuesday night.
Coming off a year in which he received national praise for his handling of the Duke lacrosse case, the two-term attorney general received the highest number of votes for any statewide Democrat, according to returns from last night.
Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, a three-term incumbent, came in second.
Still, those two candidates faced weak Republican opposition in down-ballot races that received little attention from voters or the press.
First-time statewide candidate Kay Hagan came in third despite facing an incumbent senator with high name recognition. Hagan won 100,000 more votes than Barack Obama, who boosted her campaign by increasing Democratic turnout.
By contrast, gubernatorial candidate Beverly Perdue won only about 2,000 votes more than Obama, a much narrower margin in a state where Democratic governors have long outpaced the national candidate. She was the seventh top vote-getter in the 12 statewide partisan races.
After the jump, the Democratic votes in order.
Democratic candidates' vote totals
(* Denotes candidates who lost)
Roy Cooper, attorney general: 2,501,274
Elaine Marshall, secretary of state: 2,282,777
Kay Hagan, U.S. Senate: 2,216,440
Janet Cowell, state treasurer: 2,146,820
June Atkinson, superintendent of public instruction: 2,145,605
Beth Wood, state auditor: 2,142,565
Beverly Perdue, governor: 2,112,122
Barack Obama, president: 2,110,285
Walter Dalton, lieutenant governor: 2,100,387
* Ronnie Ansley, agriculture commissioner: 1,933,338
Wayne Goodwin, insurance commissioner: 2,074,698
* Mary Fant Donnan, labor commissioner: 1,985,319
Source: State Board of Elections