Donald Davis

North Carolina State Senator Donald Davis cruised to victory in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Congressional seat made open because the incumbent decided against running for reelection.

North Carolina District 01 is rated Lean D by both Cook Political Report and Sabato, but far right Republican groups started doling money to GOP candidates before the primary, viewing this open Congressional seat as an attractive target to flip.

Sandy Smith, winner of the GOP primary, is a businesswoman who espouses the right-wing dog-whistle “American first” pledge.

Davis, who came into the primary late, raised $612,266 before the primary, compared to Smith, who raked in more than $1.3 million.

Davis focuses on the issues important to his district, saying as U.S. congressman, he will “take action to bring back good-paying manufacturing jobs, support our small businesses, and strengthen North Carolina’s agriculture—especially as farmers face increasingly unpredictable weather patterns due to global climate change.”


In 1994, Davis earned a bachelor’s in social sciences from the U. S. Air Force Academy. He earned a master’s in administration from Central Michigan University, a master’s in sociology from East Carolina University, and a doctor of education in educational leadership from East Carolina University. His professional experience includes serving in the U.S. Air Force, working as a college instructor and admissions. He also served as a lay minister. Davis has been state senator since 2013.