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NC Legislative Campaign Filing Update

December 22, 2015

The Public Affairs team has issued a 2016 NC Legislative Campaign Filing Update.

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December 22, 2015

2016 NC LEGISLATIVE CAMPAIGN FILING UPDATE

The filing deadline for 2016 election campaigns was Monday, December 21, 2015. Following the close of the filing period, 53 incumbent state lawmakers are facing no opposition in district re-election bids. Additionally, many races will not see both major parties represented on the ballot. In 75 districts, races will effectively be decided in the primary election, held March 15, 2016. Some of those districts will see unaffiliated or write-in candidates, but are unlikely to experience any true general election challenge.

A number of  legislators are not seeking re-election for various reasons this cycle (as of December 21). Lawmakers have until December 25 to decide if they will drop their bid for the 2016-17 term. Below is a list of officials not seeking re-election:

Rep. Nathan Baskerville

D-Vance

Rep. Dan Bishop

R-Mecklenburg

Rep. Brian Brown

R-Pitt

Rep. Rayne Brown

R-Davidson

Rep. Rick Catlin

R-New Hanover

Rep. Tricia Cotham

D-Mecklenburg

Rep. Leo Daughtry

R-Johnston

Rep. Rick Glazier

D-Cumberland

Rep. Bryan Holloway

R-Stokes

Rep. James Langdon Jr.

R-Johnston

Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer

R-Mecklenburg

Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam

R-Wake

Rep. Paul Tine

U-Dare

Rep. Ken Waddell

D-Columbus

Rep. Roger West

R-Cherokee

Rep. Chris Whitmire

R-Transylvania

Sen. Tom Apodaca

R-Henderson

Sen. Stan Bingham

R-Davidson

Sen. Fletcher Hartsell

R-Cabarrus

Sen. Buck Newton

R-Wilson

Sen. Bob Rucho

R-Mecklenburg

Sen. Dan Soucek

R-Watauga

Sen. Josh Stein

D-Wake

In The News

Raleigh News & Observer: 53 NC legislators lack opponents as filing period ends

NC Insider: Filings in, here are several primaries to watch in NC

Charlotte Observer: Races to watch in North Carolina, Mecklenburg in 2016

WRAL: One-third of state legislative seats will be uncontested in 2016

Associated Press: 2016 legislative retirements marked by top GOP leaders