Congressional District 1: Butterfield (D) vs. Allison (R)

Rating: Strong Democratic

Voter Registration by Race: 49% Black, 45% White, 3% Hispanic, 3% Other

Voter Registration by Party: 60% Democratic, 24% Unaffiliated, 16% Republican

2016 Presidential Election Result: 68% Clinton, 30% Trump, 2% Other

CD-01 has traditionally covered the predominantly African American areas of northeastern North Carolina, having been represented continuously by an African American since 1993. As currently drawn, CD-01 consists largely of the region’s rural areas, small towns, and medium-sized cities (Greenville, Roanoke Rapids, Wilson), although its extension into Durham gives the district a notable urban element. A former version of CD-01 was struck down in 2016 as an unconstitutional racial gerrymander that packed African American voters to limit their influence in neighboring districts – although the redrawn district is no longer considered a racial gerrymander, it continues to pack demographic groups that tend to support Democratic candidates (i.e. African Americans and urban whites in Durham), diminishing Democratic influence in nearby districts. Indeed, CD-01 itself is a bastion of Democratic strength, having supported the Democratic nominee in every statewide partisan election for decades.

2018 Candidates

Total Raised (2017-2018)

Total Spent (2017-2018)

Cash on Hand (June 2018) Debts Owed (June 2018)

G. K. Butterfield






Roger Allison


$9,215.00 $6,228.26 $2,986.74 $6,073.09

Congressman G. K. Butterfield, a Wilson native, is seeking his ninth term in Congress, having first won his seat in a 2004 special election after a lengthy judicial career and a stint on the North Carolina Supreme Court. Butterfield, a former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, has had an uncontroversial tenure in the House and maintains broad popularity in his strongly Democratic district, generally winning reelection with over 70% of the vote. In 2016, he won an eighth term with 69% of the vote, carrying every county in his district. This year, his general election opponent is Durham businessman Roger Allison, a relatively standard Republican with little campaign infrastructure or fundraising success. Butterfield – a popular, well-heeled incumbent in a district drawn as a Democratic vote sink – will have no problem winning another term.


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