Clinton makes history, Adams & Davis head to Nov. 8 General ElectionBy Yasmine Regester / June 10, 2016
Democratic U.S. Presidential candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton, made history Tuesday, June 7, by becoming the first woman to secure the presidential nomination of a major U.S. political party. She continues to lead her opponent, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, who has vowed to stay in the race all the way to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia beginning July 25. Clinton now has a total of 2,768 delegates to Sanders’ 1866.
According to complete, but unofficial results from the North Carolina State Board of Elections, 505,687 ballots were cast statewide in the June 7 special primary elections.
For the 13th Congressional District, Bruce Davis took the lead in the Democratic primary with 25.71 percent of the vote.
“The excitement in my spirit is high. We knew it would be a very tight race but we gave it all we could. It’s a really good feeling,” said Davis.
Democratic candidate Bob Isner was a close second, only 0.6 percentage points behind Davis, with 25.10 percent of the vote. For this special primary, runoffs were eliminated however, a candidate can request a recount if the margin of victory is less than 1 percentage point.
The N.C. General Assembly dramatically redrew congressional districts after a panel of federal judges ruled that the 12th and 1st Districts had been racially gerrymandered. The state’s 13th Congressional District now includes High Point and much of Greensboro, and stretches to the west covering all of Davidson and Davie Counties, and into parts of Rowan and Iredell Counties.
Going forward, Davis said it would take bipartisan support to win the seat.
“It’s going to take both Democrats and Republicans to come on board with the ideology of building bridges, working together for a better community and finding solutions to the issues we deal with from education, criminal justice reform and bringing new jobs into our communities, especially rural areas in the 13th district,” said Davis. “I believe we can do that if we look into some renewable energy projects that can bring jobs here.”
Congresswoman Alma Adams won the Democratic primary for the 12th Congressional District with 42.48 percent of the vote. The newly drawn district lines also cut Greensboro from District 12 which now covers most of Mecklenburg County.
“The journey took us back and forth to D.C. to do the people’s work, to get the people’s vote,” Adams said to supporters after her win. “I would like to thank my supporters for a spirited campaign.”Adams will face Republican Leon Threatt in the General Election, who took 41.79 percent of the vote.
In other races, George Holding won the Republican primary for the 2nd Congressional District with 53.38 percent, and will face Democrat challenger, John P. McNeil, who won 46.13 percent of the vote.
Walter B. Jones won the Republican primary for the 3rd Congressional District with 64.83 percent and Ernest T. Reeves won the Democratic primary with 54.60 percent.
Sue Googe won the Republican ticket for the 4th Congressional District with 71.37 percent of the vote and will face Democratic Rep. David Price.
Rep. Virginia Foxx (from Forsyth County), a six-term incumbent, won the Republican primary for the 5th Congressional District with 68.01 percent. Foxx will face a second-time challenger Josh Brannon, who won the Democratic primary with 47.65 percent.
Richard Hudson won the Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District with 64.58 percent. Hudson will face Democrat Thomas Mills in November.
U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger won the Republican primary for the 9th Congressional District with 34.96 percent of the vote and will face Democratic candidate, Christian Cano.
U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry won the Republican primary for the 10th Congressional District with 78.45 percent. McHenry will face Democrat Andy Millard in the General Election.
Rick Bryson won the Democratic primary for the 11th Congressional District with 50.75 percent. Bryson will face incumbent Republican Rep. Mark Meadows.
In the race for N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice, incumbent and Greensboro resident Robert H. (Bob) Edmunds led the primary with 48.06 percent of the vote. Michael Morgan, a Wake County Superior Court Judge, finished in second place with 34.32 percent. Both will advance to the General Election.
In the N.C. Superior Court Judge District 10C race, Becky Holt led the primary with 38.06 percent of the vote. Michael Denning came in second and will be on the November ballot with Holt after garnering 28.38 percent.