North Carolina

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2022 US Senate Election in North Carolina
2016 November 8th, 2022 2028
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Ted Budd

Cheri Beasley

Cheri Beasley

Party Republican Democrat
Popular Vote 2,697,537 2,644,120
Percentage 50.5% 45.5%

The 2022 United States Senate election in North Carolina was held on November 8, 2022, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of North Carolina.


Incumbent three-term Republican U.S. senator Richard Burr retired.

Republican Primary[]


  • Ted Budd, U.S. Representative for NC-13 and Freedom Caucus member (since 2017)

Defeated in Primary[]

  • Jen Banwart, Department of Defense employee (2001-2020), and legislative staffer on Capitol Hill (1994-1996)
  • Pat McCrory, former Governor of North Carolina (2013-2017) and Mayor of Charlotte (1995-2009
  • John Martin "Marty" Cooke, Brunswick County commissioner (since 2008)
  • Mark Walker, former U.S. Representative for NC-06 (2015-2021)

Declined to run[]

  • Richard Burr, incumbent U.S. senator
  • David Curtis, former state senator (2013-2018)
  • Dan Forest, former Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina (2013-2021) and nominee for Governor in 2020
  • George Holding, former U.S. representative for NC-02 (2017-2021)
  • Mark Meadows, former White House chief of staff, former U.S. representative for NC-11
  • Tim Moore, Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives
  • Mark Robinson, lieutenant governor of North Carolina since 2021
  • Lara Trump, television producer, senior advisor to Donald Trump's 2020 presidential campaign, and daughter-in-law of former President of the United States, Donald Trump
  • Micheal Whatley, chair of the North Carolina Republican Party
GOP Primary Results
Parties Candidate Votes %
Ted Budd 35%
Pat McCrory 32%
Mark Walker 30%
Marty Cooke 2%
Jen Banwart 1%

Democratic Primary[]


  • Cheri Beasley, former justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court (2012-2020; Chief Justice 2019-2020)

Defeated in Primary[]

  • Jeff Jackson, state senator (since 2014)
  • Rett Newton, mayor of Beaufort (since 2017)
  • Heath Shuler, former U.S. Representative for NC-11 (2007-2013)
  • Erica D. Smith, former state senator (2014-2021)
  • Richard Watkins III, scientist and candidate for NC-04 in 2018

Declined to run[]

  • Sydney Batch, state senator since 2021
  • Roy Cooper, Governor of North Carolina
  • Anita Earls, Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court (since 2019)
  • Terence Everitt, state representative
  • Anthony Foxx, former United States Secretary of Transportation (2013–2017) and former Mayor of Charlotte (2009–2013)
  • Joan Higginbotham, electrical engineer and former NASA astronaut
  • Vi Lyles, Mayor of Charlotte (since 2017)
  • Grier Martin, state representative (since 2005)
  • Deborah K. Ross, U.S. Representative for NC-02 (since 2021) and nominee for U.S. Senate in 2016
  • Josh Stein, Attorney General of North Carolina (since 2017)


Democratic Primary Results
Parties Candidate Votes %
Cheri Beasley 31%
Jeff Jackson 30%
Erica D. Smith 18%
Heath Shuler 16%
Richard Watkins III 3%
Rett Newton 2%


Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report Tossup November 2nd, 2022
Sabato's Crystal Ball Tilt R November 7th, 2022
Inside Elections Lean R November 3rd, 2022
Daily Kos Tossup November 8th, 2022
Real Clear Politics Tossup November 7th, 2022


2022 US Senate Election in North Carolina
Party Candidate Votes % +/- %
Republican Ted Budd 50.5 -0.6
Democratic Cheri Beasley 45.5 +0.1
Libertarian Shannon Bray 2.9 -0.7
Independent Kimrey Rhinehardt 1.6 N/A