North Carolina voters head to polls for primary elections

Posted at 10:10 AM, May 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-17 19:52:02-04

CURRITUCK Co., N.C. - Voters in North Carolina are heading to the polls Tuesday for primary elections.

Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. and closed at 7:30 p.m.

There are numerous races on the ballot, including primaries in both parties for U.S. Senate, Congress, state offices and local races.

Winners of the primaries will be on the ballot in November during the crucial 2022 midterm elections.

Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball from the University of Virginia Center for Politics currently rates the North Carolina U.S. Senate race as leaning Republican, meaning Republicans have the advantage. But it is not considered a safe seat.

Turnout was generally light in Currituck County on Tuesday, with about 110 people voting by midday at Currituck Middle School.

Several voters told News 3 about what's motivating them to vote.

"I'm interested in getting the economy better. Of course, groceries are through the roof," said Angela Rayfield, a voter.

"We've got to change the direction of this country. We are on the wrong track, said Timothy Rayfield.

Historically, the party in power in the White House faces challenges during midterm elections. Democrats are trying to remain optimistic.

"I'm encouraged. There's a lot of naysayers, but I'm encouraged and you have to have faith. We're working hard," said Jack Lilienthal, a voter.

Voters in Virginia can vote in primaries on June 21, although early in-person and absentee voting is already underway.