2000 United States presidential election in North Carolina

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Nominee George W. Bush Al Gore
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Texas Tennessee
Running mate Dick Cheney Joe Lieberman
Electoral vote 14 0
Popular vote 1,631,163 1,257,692
Percentage 56.03% 43.20%


President before election

Bill Clinton
Democratic

Elected President

George W. Bush
Republican

The 2000 United States presidential election in North Carolina took place on November 7, 2000, and was part of the 2000 United States presidential election. Voters chose 14 representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

North Carolina was won by Governor George W. Bush with a 12.83% margin of victory. Bush won most of the counties and congressional districts of the state. He won nine of the twelve districts, and also won the most populated counties including Forsyth County (home to Winston-Salem) with 56%, Wake County (home to the state's capital, Raleigh) with 53%, Guilford County (home to Greensboro) with 51%, and Mecklenburg County (home to the state's largest city, Charlotte) with 51% of the vote.[1] As of the 2020 presidential election, this is the last election in which Guilford County and Mecklenburg County voted for a Republican presidential candidate and the last election in which Columbus County, Chowan County, and Tyrrell County voted for a Democratic presidential candidate.[2]

Results

2000 United States presidential election in North Carolina
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican George W. Bush 1,631,163 56.03% 14
Democratic Al Gore 1,257,692 43.20% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne 12,307 0.42% 0
Reform Patrick Buchanan 8,874 0.30% 0
Write-In David McReynolds 1,226 0.04% 0
Totals 2,911,262 100.00% 14
Voter turnout (Voting age/registered) 48%/57%

Results by county

County[3] George W. Bush
Republican
Al Gore
Democratic
Harry Browne
Libertarian
Pat Buchanan
Reform
David McReynolds
Write-in
Margin Total
# % # % # % # % # % # %
Alamance 29,305 62.23% 17,459 37.08% 157 0.33% 170 0.36% 0 0.00% 11,846 25.15% 47,091
Alexander 9,242 68.50% 4,166 30.88% 36 0.27% 43 0.32% 5 0.04% 5,076 37.62% 13,492
Alleghany 2,531 58.68% 1,715 39.76% 16 0.37% 51 1.18% 0 0.00% 816 18.92% 4,313
Anson 3,161 39.59% 4,792 60.01% 14 0.18% 18 0.23% 0 0.00% -1,631 -20.42% 7,985
Ashe 6,226 60.35% 4,011 38.88% 42 0.41% 37 0.36% 0 0.00% 2,215 21.47% 10,316
Avery 4,956 74.04% 1,686 25.19% 24 0.36% 28 0.42% 0 0.00% 3,270 48.85% 6,694
Beaufort 10,531 60.83% 6,634 38.32% 63 0.36% 40 0.23% 45 0.26% 3,897 22.51% 17,313
Bertie 2,488 34.67% 4,660 64.94% 11 0.15% 17 0.24% 0 0.00% -2,172 -30.27% 7,176
Bladen 4,977 45.63% 5,889 53.99% 18 0.17% 24 0.22% 0 0.00% -912 -8.36% 10,908
Brunswick 15,427 53.49% 13,118 45.49% 136 0.47% 158 0.55% 0 0.00% 2,309 8.00% 28,839
Buncombe 46,101 53.93% 38,545 45.09% 471 0.55% 359 0.42% 0 0.00% 7,556 8.84% 85,476
Burke 18,466 60.23% 11,924 38.89% 125 0.41% 143 0.47% 0 0.00% 6,542 21.34% 30,658
Cabarrus 32,704 66.23% 16,284 32.98% 242 0.49% 151 0.31% 0 0.00% 16,420 33.25% 49,381
Caldwell 17,337 66.39% 8,588 32.89% 95 0.36% 95 0.36% 0 0.00% 8,749 33.50% 26,115
Camden 1,628 57.51% 1,187 41.93% 9 0.32% 7 0.25% 0 0.00% 441 15.58% 2,831
Carteret 17,381 65.69% 8,839 33.40% 106 0.40% 132 0.50% 3 0.01% 8,542 32.29% 26,461
Caswell 4,270 50.70% 4,091 48.58% 26 0.31% 35 0.42% 0 0.00% 179 2.12% 8,422
Catawba 34,244 67.36% 16,246 31.95% 209 0.41% 141 0.28% 1 0.00% 17,998 35.41% 50,841
Chatham 10,248 48.96% 10,461 49.98% 148 0.71% 58 0.28% 16 0.08% -213 -1.02% 20,931
Cherokee 6,305 65.17% 3,239 33.48% 52 0.54% 78 0.81% 0 0.00% 3,066 31.69% 9,674
Chowan 2,415 49.39% 2,430 49.69% 28 0.57% 17 0.35% 0 0.00% -15 -0.30% 4,890
Clay 2,416 62.72% 1,361 35.33% 30 0.78% 25 0.65% 20 0.52% 1,055 27.39% 3,852
Cleveland 19,064 58.22% 13,455 41.09% 109 0.33% 104 0.32% 14 0.04% 5,609 17.13% 32,746
Columbus 8,342 45.28% 9,986 54.20% 48 0.26% 49 0.27% 0 0.00% -1,644 -8.92% 18,425
Craven 19,494 60.95% 12,213 38.18% 113 0.35% 165 0.52% 0 0.00% 7,281 22.77% 31,985
Cumberland 38,129 49.42% 38,626 50.07% 237 0.31% 159 0.21% 0 0.00% -497 -0.65% 77,151
Currituck 4,095 60.77% 2,595 38.51% 31 0.46% 18 0.27% 0 0.00% 1,500 22.26% 6,739
Dare 7,301 56.15% 5,589 42.99% 79 0.61% 33 0.25% 0 0.00% 1,712 13.16% 13,002
Davidson 35,387 67.99% 16,199 31.12% 173 0.33% 288 0.55% 0 0.00% 19,188 36.87% 52,047
Davie 10,184 72.75% 3,651 26.08% 67 0.48% 96 0.69% 0 0.00% 6,533 46.67% 13,998
Duplin 7,840 54.48% 6,475 45.00% 36 0.25% 32 0.22% 7 0.05% 1,365 9.48% 14,390
Durham 30,150 35.64% 53,907 63.72% 433 0.51% 103 0.12% 11 0.01% -23,757 -28.08% 84,604
Edgecombe 6,836 37.56% 11,315 62.16% 30 0.16% 21 0.12% 0 0.00% -4,479 -24.60% 18,202
Forsyth 67,700 55.98% 52,457 43.37% 442 0.37% 343 0.28% 0 0.00% 15,243 12.61% 120,942
Franklin 8,501 52.96% 7,454 46.44% 62 0.39% 34 0.21% 0 0.00% 1,047 6.52% 16,051
Gaston 39,453 66.67% 19,281 32.58% 253 0.43% 192 0.32% 0 0.00% 20,172 34.09% 59,179
Gates 1,480 42.95% 1,944 56.41% 5 0.15% 7 0.20% 10 0.29% -464 -13.46% 3,446
Graham 2,304 68.55% 1,006 29.93% 21 0.62% 26 0.77% 4 0.12% 1,298 38.62% 3,361
Granville 7,364 48.47% 7,733 50.90% 70 0.46% 27 0.18% 0 0.00% -369 -2.43% 15,194
Greene 3,353 57.12% 2,478 42.21% 8 0.14% 30 0.51% 1 0.02% 875 14.91% 5,870
Guilford 84,394 50.76% 80,787 48.59% 569 0.34% 485 0.29% 29 0.02% 3,607 2.17% 166,264
Halifax 6,698 39.47% 10,222 60.24% 25 0.15% 25 0.15% 0 0.00% -3,524 -20.77% 16,970
Harnett 14,762 61.08% 9,155 37.88% 72 0.30% 74 0.31% 104 0.43% 5,607 23.20% 24,167
Haywood 12,118 54.41% 9,793 43.97% 107 0.48% 104 0.47% 151 0.68% 2,325 10.44% 22,273
Henderson 25,688 66.54% 12,562 32.54% 183 0.47% 174 0.45% 0 0.00% 13,126 34.00% 38,607
Hertford 2,382 30.16% 5,484 69.44% 17 0.22% 14 0.18% 0 0.00% -3,102 -39.28% 7,897
Hoke 3,439 40.07% 5,017 58.46% 91 1.06% 35 0.41% 0 0.00% -1,578 -18.39% 8,582
Hyde 1,132 50.60% 1,088 48.64% 10 0.45% 7 0.31% 0 0.00% 44 1.96% 2,237
Iredell 29,853 65.49% 15,434 33.86% 163 0.36% 136 0.30% 0 0.00% 14,419 31.63% 45,586
Jackson 6,237 51.46% 5,722 47.21% 88 0.73% 74 0.61% 0 0.00% 515 4.25% 12,121
Johnston 27,212 66.12% 13,704 33.30% 157 0.38% 82 0.20% 0 0.00% 13,508 32.82% 41,155
Jones 2,114 53.33% 1,822 45.96% 13 0.33% 15 0.38% 0 0.00% 292 7.37% 3,964
Lee 9,406 57.77% 6,785 41.67% 51 0.31% 41 0.25% 0 0.00% 2,621 16.10% 16,283
Lenoir 11,512 54.40% 9,527 45.02% 43 0.20% 53 0.25% 28 0.13% 1,985 9.38% 21,163
Lincoln 15,951 65.03% 8,412 34.29% 90 0.37% 76 0.31% 0 0.00% 7,539 30.74% 24,529
Macon 8,406 63.52% 4,683 35.39% 73 0.55% 72 0.54% 0 0.00% 3,723 28.13% 13,234
Madison 4,676 56.17% 3,505 42.10% 40 0.48% 55 0.66% 49 0.59% 1,171 14.07% 8,325
Martin 4,420 47.19% 4,929 52.63% 4 0.04% 13 0.14% 0 0.00% -509 -5.44% 9,366
McDowell 9,109 65.01% 4,747 33.88% 39 0.28% 57 0.41% 59 0.42% 4,362 31.13% 14,011
Mecklenburg 134,068 50.97% 126,911 48.25% 1,291 0.49% 487 0.19% 279 0.11% 7,157 2.72% 263,036
Mitchell 4,984 75.52% 1,535 23.26% 26 0.39% 55 0.83% 0 0.00% 3,449 52.26% 6,600
Montgomery 4,946 55.11% 3,979 44.34% 19 0.21% 20 0.22% 10 0.11% 967 10.77% 8,974
Moore 19,882 63.52% 11,232 35.88% 106 0.34% 81 0.26% 0 0.00% 8,650 27.64% 31,301
Nash 17,995 58.97% 12,376 40.56% 73 0.24% 69 0.23% 0 0.00% 5,619 18.41% 30,513
New Hanover 36,503 55.04% 29,292 44.17% 377 0.57% 147 0.22% 0 0.00% 7,211 10.87% 66,319
Northampton 2,667 32.52% 5,513 67.23% 9 0.11% 11 0.13% 0 0.00% -2,846 -34.71% 8,200
Onslow 19,657 65.06% 10,269 33.99% 167 0.55% 122 0.40% 0 0.00% 9,388 31.07% 30,215
Orange 17,930 36.34% 30,921 62.66% 392 0.79% 75 0.15% 26 0.05% -12,991 -26.32% 49,344
Pamlico 2,999 57.21% 2,188 41.74% 36 0.69% 19 0.36% 0 0.00% 811 15.47% 5,242
Pasquotank 4,943 45.34% 5,874 53.88% 38 0.35% 48 0.44% 0 0.00% -931 -8.54% 10,903
Pender 7,661 54.13% 6,415 45.32% 37 0.26% 41 0.29% 0 0.00% 1,246 8.81% 14,154
Perquimans 2,230 51.79% 2,033 47.21% 23 0.53% 20 0.46% 0 0.00% 197 4.58% 4,306
Person 6,722 56.81% 5,042 42.61% 43 0.36% 26 0.22% 0 0.00% 1,680 14.20% 11,833
Pitt 23,192 53.84% 19,685 45.70% 115 0.27% 81 0.19% 2 0.00% 3,507 8.14% 43,075
Polk 5,074 61.11% 3,114 37.50% 62 0.75% 53 0.64% 0 0.00% 1,960 23.61% 8,303
Randolph 30,959 72.51% 11,366 26.62% 149 0.35% 222 0.52% 0 0.00% 19,593 45.89% 42,696
Richmond 6,263 43.89% 7,935 55.61% 30 0.21% 41 0.29% 0 0.00% -1,672 -11.72% 14,269
Robeson 11,721 39.40% 17,834 59.95% 52 0.17% 81 0.27% 59 0.20% -6,113 -20.55% 29,747
Rockingham 18,979 58.35% 13,260 40.76% 75 0.23% 127 0.39% 87 0.27% 5,719 17.59% 32,528
Rowan 28,922 65.53% 14,891 33.74% 146 0.33% 174 0.39% 0 0.00% 14,031 31.79% 44,133
Rutherford 13,755 63.34% 7,697 35.44% 93 0.43% 171 0.79% 0 0.00% 6,058 27.90% 21,716
Sampson 10,410 54.11% 8,768 45.57% 33 0.17% 28 0.15% 0 0.00% 1,642 8.54% 19,239
Scotland 3,740 39.77% 5,627 59.84% 11 0.12% 25 0.27% 0 0.00% -1,887 -20.07% 9,403
Stanly 15,548 68.14% 7,066 30.97% 69 0.30% 135 0.59% 0 0.00% 8,482 37.17% 22,818
Stokes 12,028 70.00% 5,030 29.27% 56 0.33% 68 0.40% 0 0.00% 6,998 40.73% 17,182
Surry 15,401 65.93% 7,757 33.21% 85 0.36% 115 0.49% 0 0.00% 7,644 32.72% 23,358
Swain 2,224 50.89% 2,097 47.99% 22 0.50% 25 0.57% 2 0.05% 127 2.90% 4,370
Transylvania 9,011 63.35% 5,044 35.46% 91 0.64% 79 0.56% 0 0.00% 3,967 27.89% 14,225
Tyrrell 706 45.08% 849 54.21% 5 0.32% 6 0.38% 0 0.00% -143 -9.13% 1,566
Union 31,876 67.59% 14,890 31.57% 247 0.52% 146 0.31% 2 0.00% 16,986 36.02% 47,161
Vance 5,564 43.81% 7,092 55.84% 32 0.25% 13 0.10% 0 0.00% -1,528 -12.03% 12,701
Wake 142,494 53.13% 123,466 46.03% 1,754 0.65% 497 0.19% 9 0.00% 19,028 7.10% 268,220
Warren 2,202 32.41% 4,576 67.34% 7 0.10% 8 0.12% 2 0.03% -2,374 -34.93% 6,795
Washington 2,169 44.36% 2,704 55.30% 7 0.14% 10 0.20% 0 0.00% -535 -10.94% 4,890
Watauga 10,438 55.75% 7,959 42.51% 151 0.81% 57 0.30% 118 0.63% 2,479 13.24% 18,723
Wayne 20,758 61.26% 13,005 38.38% 65 0.19% 56 0.17% 0 0.00% 7,753 22.88% 33,884
Wilkes 16,826 69.18% 7,226 29.71% 79 0.32% 120 0.49% 72 0.30% 9,600 39.47% 24,323
Wilson 13,466 54.24% 11,266 45.38% 51 0.21% 43 0.17% 0 0.00% 2,200 8.86% 24,826
Yadkin 10,435 76.27% 3,127 22.85% 53 0.39% 67 0.49% 0 0.00% 7,308 53.42% 13,682
Yancey 4,970 56.71% 3,714 42.38% 20 0.23% 59 0.67% 1 0.01% 1,256 14.33% 8,764
Totals 1,631,163 56.03% 1,257,692 43.20% 12,307 0.42% 8,874 0.30% 1,226 0.04% 373,471 12.83% 2,911,262

Counties that flipped from Democratic to Republican

By congressional district

Bush won nine of twelve congressional districts, including two held by Democrats.[4]

District Bush Gore Representative
1st 42% 58% Eva Clayton
2nd 56% 44% Bob Etheridge
3rd 62% 38% Walter B. Jones
4th 47% 52% David Price
5th 66% 33% Richard Burr
6th 65% 34% Howard Coble
7th 53% 47% Mike McIntyre
8th 56% 43% Robin Hayes
9th 61% 38% Sue Wilkins Myrick
10th 67% 33% Cass Ballenger
11th 59% 40% Charles H. Taylor
12th 37% 62% Mel Watt

Electors

Main article: List of 2000 United States presidential electors

Technically the voters of North Carolina cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. North Carolina is allocated 14 electors because it has 12 congressional districts and 2 senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 14 electors, who pledge to vote for their candidate and his or her running mate. Whoever wins the majority of votes in the state is awarded all 14 electoral votes. Their chosen electors then vote for president and vice president. Although electors are pledged to their candidate and running mate, they are not obligated to vote for them. An elector who votes for someone other than his or her candidate is known as a faithless elector.

The electors of each state and the District of Columbia met on December 18, 2000[5] to cast their votes for president and vice president. The Electoral College itself never meets as one body. Instead the electors from each state and the District of Columbia met in their respective capitols.

The following were the members of the Electoral College from the state. All were pledged to and voted for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney:[6]

  1. Fran Barnhart
  2. Claude Billings
  3. Sam Currin
  4. Tom Dwiggins
  5. A. Dial Gray
  6. Barbara Holt
  7. Marshall Hurley
  8. Margaret King
  9. Jeff Mixon
  10. Joe L. Morgan
  11. Steve Rader
  12. Robert Rector
  13. Dewitt Rhoades
  14. Linda Young

Notes

References

  1. ^ "2000 Presidential General Election Results – North Carolina". Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas.
  2. ^ Sullivan, Robert David (June 29, 2016). "How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century". The National Catholic Review (America Magazine ed.).
  3. ^ "NC US President Race, November 07, 2000". Our Campaigns.
  4. ^ "2000 Presidential General Election Data – North Carolina". Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas.
  5. ^ "2000 Events Timeline". Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas.
  6. ^ "President Elect - 2000". Archived from the original on February 12, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2009.