Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC 03) overcame a primary challenge from former Bush administration official Taylor Griffin (R), while state Sen. David Rouzer (R) won the Republican nomination for retiring Rep. Mike McIntyre’s (D) NC-07 after a late boost from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Action Network, and YG Network. State Rep. Alma Adams (D) also got an outside spending boost from EMILY’s List before winning the Democratic primary in NC-12.
Singer Clay Aiken’s (D) NC-02 primary race is still a toss-up, while Rep. Renee Ellmers (R) won less than 60 percent in her primary there. And the GOP race for open NC-06 will head to a runoff.
NC-02 (D) (Undecided):
Clay Aiken: 11,649 (41 percent)
Keith Crisco: 11,277 (40 percent)
Toni Morris: 5,599 (20 percent)
This race still has not been called. Crisco is closely aligned with the state’s Democratic Party establishment, while Aiken “was generally regarded favorably — if unexpectedly — in formal appearances and meet-and-greets, where his ability to articulate issues quickly proved his candidacy wasn’t a whim by an entertainer looking for something interesting to do.” The winner will face Rep. Renee Ellmers (R), who won her primary with 59 percent of the vote. (Raleigh News & Observer)
Renee Ellmers: 21,387 (59 percent)
Frank Roche: 15,000 (41 percent)
Walter Jones: 22,534 (51 percent)
Taylor Griffin: 19,937 (45 percent)
Al Novinec: 1,789 (4 percent)
“Griffin worked hard and had the support of hawkish outside groups who ran blistering television and radio ads against Jones, and he picked up a a late endorsement from Sarah Palin.
“But it was probably too late. Jones, with his deep ties to the district, survived. Republicans in North Carolina, however, believe Griffin scuffed Jones up enough to make him vulnerable in 2016. That’s if he doesn’t retire first.” (CNN)
NC-06 (R) (Runoff):
Phil Berger: 15,055 (34 percent)
Mark Walker: 11,085 (25 percent)
Zack Matheny: 5,034 (11 percent)
Bruce VonCannon: 5,032 (11 percent)
Jeff Phillips: 3,477 (8 percent)
Don Webb: 1,887 (4 percent)
Mike Causey: 1,420 (3 percent)
Ken Kopf: 503 (1 percent)
Charlie Sutherland: 452 (1 percent)
Berger and Walker will square off in a July 15 runoff.
David Rouzer: 22,563 (53 percent)
Woody White: 17,302 (40 percent)
Chris Andrade: 2,983 (7 percent)
“Republican David Rouzer gets another chance to win the congressional district he lost two years ago by a razor-thin margin to Democrat Mike McIntyre. Rouzer won Tuesday’s Republican primary against Woody White and Chris Andrade in the 7th Congressional District. McIntyre is retiring rather than campaign again in the district, which favors Republicans.” (AP)
Jonathan Barfield: 21,807 (58 percent)
Walter Martin: 15,524 (42 percent)
Alma Adams: 15,199 (44 percent)
Malcolm Graham: 8,169 (24 percent)
George Battle: 4,335 (13 percent)
Marcus Brandon: 2,842 (8 percent)
Curtis Osborne: 1,732 (5 percent)
James Mitchell: 1,772 (5 percent)
“In all likelihood, Adams will replace (Rep. Melvin) Watt because the district, which starts in Charlotte and goes up Interstate 85 to Greensboro, is heavily Democratic.” (AP)
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