The first votes of the new special election campaign season will be cast today in a race featuring 17 Republican candidates and six Democrats. There is a good chance both parties advance to a two-person run-off election. Such will occur if no candidate reaches 30% of the vote tomorrow.
Of the 17 Republicans, seven appear alive to capture one of the two run-off slots, unless the first-place finisher makes a strong move today to surge beyond the 30% mark. Former Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas looks to be the leading Democrat, but it is unclear at this writing whether he can break through the 30% threshold. If a run-off is required, it will be held on July 9th. If both parties nominate outright, the special general will be held on 7/9. Should at least one run-off occur, the general election would then be conducted on September 10th.
The special election is necessitated to replace the late Congressman Walter Jones (R-Farmville) who passed away in February. The NC-9 special election cycle begins with its primary election on May 14th. The special general to replace resigned Pennsylvania Rep. Tom Marino (R-Williamsport) is scheduled for May 21st.
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