Two North Carolina Republican House members faced serious primary challenges on Tuesday. We reported yesterday that Rep. Bob Pittenger (R-Charlotte) fell to Baptist former pastor Mark Harris in the 9th District Republican primary. Moving toward the Outer Banks area of the state, 3rd District veteran Rep. Walter Jones (R-Farmville) survived two challengers, but with just 43% of the vote. Because North Carolina election law only requires a run-off if a candidate falls below 30%, Rep. Jones won re-nomination because he exceeded that support amount even though he did not secure majority support.
The Congressman even won another term on Tuesday night. Because the Democrats did not file a candidate in the 3rd District race, Rep. Jones is guaranteed to win re-election in November. He was first elected in 1994, and says the upcoming term will be his last.
- Jim Ellis
The Rundown Blog
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