Republican primary elections for 49 of 50 seats in the North Carolina State Senate took place on May 17, 2022. Of the 49 seats up for election in 2022, 15 had a primary election with more than one candidate.
Across all contested Republican primary elections, candidates raised $1.8 million. Incumbents raised an average of $111,949 per candidate and challengers raised an average of $35,619 per candidate.
Five primary elections with the most fundraising
The table below details the five Republican primary elections with the most fundraising in the State Senate. Winning candidates’ names are in bold.
|District 47||$239,472||Deanna Ballard (R)||Ralph Hise and Deanna Ballard|
|District 10||$230,582||Brent Jackson (R)||Benton Sawrey, Jill Homan, and Matt Ansley|
|District 1||$211,509||Bob Steinburg (R)||Norman Sanderson and Bob Steinburg|
|District 12||$197,674||Jim Burgin (R)||Jim Burgin, David Buboltz, and Ernie Watson|
|District 4||$187,933||Milton F. Fitch Jr. (D)||Eldon Sharpe Newton III and Joe Democko|
#1 District 47 – $239,472
Incumbent Ralph Hise raised $118,076 and Incumbent Deanna Ballard raised $121,396.
Ralph Hise advanced to the general election with 51 percent of the vote and Deanna Ballard received 49 percent of the vote.
#2 District 10 – $230,582
Benton Sawrey raised $131,260, Jill Homan raised $99,322, and Matt Ansley raised $0.
Benton Sawrey advanced to the general election with 66 percent of the vote, Jill Homan received 20 percent of the vote, and Matt Ansley received 15 percent of the vote.
#3 District 1 – $211,509
Incumbent Norman Sanderson raised $77,457 and Incumbent Bob Steinburg raised $134,052.
Norman Sanderson advanced to the general election with 56 percent of the vote and Bob Steinburg received 44 percent of the vote.
#4 District 12 – $197,674
Incumbent Jim Burgin raised $125,730, Ernie Watson raised $51,753, and David Buboltz raised $20,191.
Jim Burgin advanced to the general election with 53 percent of the vote, David Buboltz received 37 percent of the vote, and Ernie Watson received 11 percent of the vote.
#5 District 4 – $187,933
Eldon Sharpe Newton III raised $147,547 and Joe Democko raised $40,386.
Eldon Sharpe Newton III advanced to the general election with 68 percent of the vote and Joe Democko received 32 percent of the vote.
The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active North Carolina PACs submitted to the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE). Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.
|Report Name||Report Due Date|
|2022 Q1 Plus||5/10/2022|
|2022 Semiannual (only candidates not on 2022 ballot)||7/29/2022|
|2022 Q3 Plus||10/31/2022|
|2022 Year End Semiannual (only candidates not on 2022 ballot)||1/27/2023|
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