On November 6, independent candidate Bert Jones was elected to the North Carolina State House of Representatives. He defeated an incumbent in a two-person race by a margin of 56.1% – 43.9%. Jones is a dentist who was formerly a Republican, but who left the party because he did not believe the Republican Party is sincerely interested in reducing the size of government. He was elected in the 65th district.
Jones is only the second person to be elected as an independent to the North Carolina state legislature, since the beginning of government-printed ballots in 1901. In 1990, Carolyn Russell had also been elected as an independent, but she had run as an independent for technical reasons, and affiliated with the Republicans when the legislature had convened in 1991.