Decision Desk has called the North Carolina primary for Joe Biden. The state is a big part of Super Tuesday, with 110 delegates at stake divided proportionally. It’s the third-largest delegate state of all the states participating in Super Tuesday Democratic primaries. Heavy has partnered with Decision Desk to share the results live tonight. Polls closed at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. In the first section, you’ll see the live results. In the second section, you’ll see news about the election, updated throughout the night.
Democratic Primary Results for North Carolina – Updated Live
Decision Desk declared the North Carolina primary for Joe Biden just before 7:45 p.m. Eastern. When calls are made before many precincts have reported, they are typically based on exit polls.
Heavy has partnered with Decision Desk to show the live results of the Democratic primary in North Carolina as they come in. Go here if you don’t see a results table below. To find the results for North Carolina tonight, just click on North Carolina in the map below or click right to scroll through the results until you find North Carolina.
In this story below, you’ll find updates about what’s going on in the election today.
9:17 p.m. Eastern: With 32% reporting, Biden has 38.5% and Sanders has 25.5%.
8:41 p.m. Eastern: With a little over 11% reporting, Biden is at 35% of the votes and Sanders is at 25% of the votes.
7:46 p.m. Eastern: Here’s a look at a Joe Biden watch party after the results were announced.
7:41 p.m. Eastern: Decision Desk called the North Carolina primary for Joe Biden.
7:31 p.m. Eastern: Fox News is projecting that Joe Biden will win North Carolina. Early predictions right after the polls close are often based on exit polls.
Decision Desk has noted that the results are leaning toward Biden at the moment.
ABC is projecting a win for Biden based on exit polls.
7:18 p.m. Eastern: Voting was extended at the Miller Park Recreation Center in the Forsyth Precinct because the precinct was down for 40 minutes. This will delay results until at least 8:10 p.m., WSOC reported in the tweet below.
6:33 p.m. Eastern: A group with ties to Mitch McConnell has admitted to meddling in North Carolina’s Senate race, Fox 46 reported. A Republican PAC spent $2 million to support Erica Smith as a “proven progressive” and attack Cal Cunningham. They were seeking to help the opponent they thought might be weaker in a general election.
Tuesday 6:04 p.m. Eastern: On the day of the primary, North Carolina confirmed its first coronavirus case in a patient who had traveled to Washington.
Monday night: Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar, and Pete Buttigieg all endorsed Joe Biden the night before Super Tuesday.
How North Carolina Delegates Work
North Carolina has 110 delegates plus 12 unpledged delegates (who are essentially superdelegates), according to The Green Papers. Delegates are rewarded proportionally as long as a candidate reaches the 15 percent threshold of viability. Out of these, 72 are district delegates and 38 are statewide delegates.
The 12 unpledged automatic delegates (aka superdelegates who vote on the second ballot at the DNC) consist of 8 DNC members, 3 members of Congress, and the governor.
The county conventions are March 28, the district conventions are April 25, and the state convention in Raleigh is June 6.
The Democratic National Convention will take place July 13-16. According to Ballotpedia, there will be 4,750 delegates total, including 3,979 pledged and 771 automatic (more commonly known as superdelegates.) In order to not have a contested convention, a candidate needs 1,991 pledged delegates on the first ballot. (Superdelegates aren’t allowed to vote on the first ballot.) If no candidate gets this majority of pledged delegates, then a second ballot (or more) will take place and both pledged and automatic delegates can vote this time. From then on, a candidate needs the majority of all delegates to win, which is more than 2,375 votes.