Last night held some big surprises and crushing results. As most predicated, Pat McCrory won the Republican Governor’s races with 85% of the vote, he will face Democrat Walter Dalton who won the more contested Democratic Primary with 46% of the vote.
The following Republican races are subject to a July 17th runoff, candidate required to win 40% of the vote to avoid runoff(1):
NC 9th Congressional District
Robert Pittenger (32%) vs Jim Pendergraph (25%)
NC 8th Congressional District
Richard Hudson (32%) vs Scott Keadle (22%)
NC Lt. Governor
Dan Forest (33%) vs Tony Gurley (25%)
Debra Goldman (34%) vs Greg Dority (23%) Note: Fern Shubert came in third with 18% of the vote.
Commission of Insurance
Richard Morgan (37%) vs Mike Causey (35%)
Secretary of State
Edward Goodwin (36%) vs Kenn Gardner (30%)
Superintendent of Public Instruction
John Tedesco(28%) vs Richard Alexander (24%)
Union County had two candidates in this race, School Board member David Scholl (13%) and Richard Alexander (24%). The VSO interviewed Rick Alexander shortly after his announcement. Alexander has previously run for Union County School board, twice and the Monroe City Council. (see interview tab above)
In Union County, only two NC House seats had completive races. In the newly redistricted House district 69, current School Board Chairman Dean Arp handily beat serial plagiarist Jeff Gerber with 66% of the vote. Gerber has run for office in the many times in recent years. He is now 0-5. His previous races include mayor of Unionville, Union County Commissioner, twice and NC House District 68 in 2010.
In the brand new House district 55, rookie office seeker Mark Brody won over another rookie Richard Johnson by a mere 67 votes(2). Biennial office seeker John Barker trailed the two front-runners with 6% of the vote.
Mark Brody does have a Democratic opponent in the fall as Dale Nelson won with 58% of the vote over rival Tony Benton. Dean Arp does not have any Democratic opposition in November, but third Union County House District 68 incumbent Craig Horn will face Democratic contender Ken Baker in the November election. Mr. Baker last ran for County Commissioner in 2010.
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