North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review - December 2023 #4

Congressional Races

While Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Ted Budd (R-NC) are not up for reelection until 2027 and 2029 respectively, all 14 of North Carolina’s US House of Representatives seats are up for election in 2024. North Carolina legislators redrew the state’s congressional and legislative district maps following a ruling earlier this year by the North Carolina Supreme Court that allowed for the legislature to use partisan data to redraw districts, reversing a ruling by the court just one year earlier which resulted in a special master redrawing the districts used for the 2022 elections.

In 2022, North Carolina voters elected seven Democrats and seven Republicans to the US House. However, the newly drawn maps will likely give Republicans at least ten seats, Democrats three seats, and one district is considered to be a competitive toss-up district.

District 1: Incumbent Representative Don Davis (D-Pitt) is seeking reelection and will not face a primary challenger. The winner of the primary contest between Republican challengers Sandy Smith and Laurie Buckhout will then face Rep. Davis and Libertarian candidate Tom Bailey in the general elections.

District 2: Incumbent Representative Deborah Ross (D-Wake) is seeking reelection again in 2024 and will face one primary challenger, Michael Camero. Eugene Douglass, Robert Morales Vergara, and Alan Swain will go up against one another in the Republican primary. Green party candidate Michael Dublin is also running in the District 2 contest.

District 3: Incumbent Representative Greg Murphy (R-Pitt) is seeking reelection and will not face a primary challenger or a Democratic opponent in the general election. Gheorghe Cormos has filed to run for the seat as the Libertarian candidate.

District 4: Incumber Representative Valerie Foushee (D-Orange) is running for reelection in 2024 and will not face a primary challenger. Republican candidates Eric Blankenburg and Mahesh (Max) Ganorkar will face off in their party’s primary. Guy Meilleur has also filed to run for this seat as a Libertarian candidate.

District 5: Long-time incumbent Representative Virginia Foxx (R-Watauga) is running for reelection to what would be her tenth term in congress. Rep. Foxx will face one primary challenger, Ryan Mayberry, in March. Chuck Hubbard, a Democrat, has also filed to run for the District 5 seat.

District 6: Incumbent Representative Kathy Manning (D-Guilford) will not seek reelection after state lawmakers redrew the congressional district maps, shifting Rep. Manning’s Greensboro-area district from a safe Democratic seat to a safe Republican seat. No Democratic candidates have filed to run for this seat. Instead, six Republican candidates, Bo Hines, former Congressman Mark Walker, Christian Castelli, Mary Ann Contogiannis, Jay Wagner, and Addison McDowell, will face off in the March primary contest. The winner of the Republican primary will face no opposition in general election.

District 7: Incumbent Representative David Rouzer (R-New Hanover) will seek reelection in 2024 and will face Marlando Pridgen (D) in the general election.

District 8: Current Representative Dan Bishop (R-Union) announced earlier this year that, instead of seeking reelection to congress, he would be running for North Carolina Attorney General in 2024. Six Republicans, John Bradford, Don Brown, Mark Harris, Chris Maples, Leigh Brown, and Allan Baucom, and one Democratic candidate, Justin Dues, will compete to fill North Carolina’s District 8 seat.

District 9: Incumbent Representative Richard Hudson (R-Moore) is seeking reelection and will face one primary challenger, Troy Tarazon. The winner of the Republican primary will then face Nigel William Bristow (D) in the general election.

District 10: Following incumbent Representative Patrick McHenry’s (R-Lincoln) surprising announcement that he would not be seeking reelection in 2024, five Republican candidates have filed to compete to fill the District 10 seat, including Diana Jimison, Pat Harrigan, Grey Mills, Charles Eller, and Brooke McGowan. The winner of the Republican primary will then face Ralph R. Scott, Jr. (D) and Steven Feldman (L) in the general election.

District 11: Incumbent Representative Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson) has filed to run for reelection and will face primary challenger Christian Reagan. The winner of the Republican primary in March will face State Representative Caleb Rudow (D) in the November general election.

District 12: Incumbent Representative Alma Adams (D-Mecklenburg) will run for her seat again in 2024. Rep. Adams will not face a primary challenger but will go up against Addul Ali (R) in the general election.

District 13: Incumbent Representative Wiley Nickel (D-Wake) is not running for a second term in the US House of Representatives in 2024 after District 13 was redrawn by state lawmakers to be more Republican-leaning than it was in 2022. Instead, District 13 has drawn the largest field of candidates vying to fill the open seat. One Democrat has filed to run, Frank Pierce, while 14 Republican candidates have filed. Josh McConkey, Chris Baker, Eric Stevenson, Kenny Xu, Brad Knott, Fred Von Canon, Siddhanth Sharma, James Phillips, Matt Shoemaker, Marcus Dellinger, DeVan Barbour, David Dixon, Kelly Daughtry, and Steve (Von) Loor will all face off in the Republican primary in March.

District 14: Current Representative Jeff Jackson (D-Mecklenburg) announced earlier this year that he would not seek reelection to the District 14 seat, instead opting to run for North Carolina Attorney General. Democrats Pam Genant and Brendan Maginnis will compete in the March primary. Three Republicans have also filed to run to fill this open seat, including, most notably, Tim Moore, current Speaker of the state House, Jeff Gregory, and Lillian Joseph.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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