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Walter Jones Wins His Last Primary

Next year he’ll be one of only two continuously serving Republicans from the class of 1994.

Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C. poses for a portrait in his office on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Washington. As President Trump argued about what he said to the family of a soldier killed in Niger, a North Carolina congressman was quietly doing what he's done more than 11,000 times: signing a condolence letter to that family and others. Republican Rep. Walter Jones began signing the letters to families in 2003 as penance for his 2002 vote supporting war in Iraq.
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Kyle Trygstad
May 9, 2018, 6:10 a.m.

While Rep. Robert Pittenger wasn’t so lucky in another North Carolina district, one of the last remaining Republicans from the historic House class of 1994 survived Tuesday in what he has said will be his final campaign.

Rep. Walter Jones, who has bucked his party and faced a couple of notable primary challenges in the coastal 3rd District, held off two opponents who splintered the anti-Jones vote evenly and allowed the incumbent to be renominated with 43 percent.

The less than $50,000 spent by an outside group on direct mail tying Jones to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was far less than the hundreds of thousands a super PAC dropped on anti-Jones ads and voter contact in 2014, when he won by 6 points.

Jones is unopposed in the general election. So with Reps. Rodney Frelinghuysen and Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey retiring at the end of this term, Jones and House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry, who represents a heavily Republican district in Texas, will be the only two continuously serving members first elected in November 1994 still in the House next year.

Kyle Trygstad

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