School board election data summary

Below are preliminary figures from school board elections across North Carolina.  Note that recounts and absentee ballots may change the outcome of some school board elections.



79 school districts

467 candidates



171 partisan candidates

296 nonpartisan candidates


Party Affiliation

65 Democrats

1 Libertarian

92 Republicans

13 unaffiliated

296 undesignated



205 incumbents

262 challengers


Wins/Losses by Incumbents/Challengers

154 loses by challengers

38 loses by incumbents

108 wins by challengers

167 wins by incumbents


Wins/Losses by Party Affiliation

34 Democratic losses

31 Democratic wins

1 Libertarian loss

7 Republican losses

85 Republican wins

9 unaffiliated loses

4 unaffiliated wins

141 undesignated losses

155 undesignated wins


Counties with Multiple Incumbent Losses

Ashe (2)

Cabarrus (2)

Cleveland (3)

Jones (2)

McDowell (2)

Montgomery (2)

Moore (3)

Onslow (3)

Terry Stoops / Director of the Center for Effective Education | John Locke Foundation

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...