Twelve-term Rep. Walter Jones (R-Farmville/Jacksonville) is no stranger to Republican primary challenges, having fended off GOP opponents in 2008, ’12, ’14, and ’16. It now appears he will do battle against yet another intra-party challenger next year. Craven County Commissioner Scott Dacey announced yesterday that he will enter the Republican primary against Congressman Jones, saying that President Trump “needs someone more supportive” from this particular congressional district. Mr. Jones has been an ardent foe of the House Republican leadership, but has defended himself well in previous GOP primaries even when being outspent.
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