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Election results: Congress, state legislature

Posted May 8, 2012
Updated May 9, 2012

— Republican George Holding has won the GOP primary for North Carolina's 13th Congressional District after an intense campaign. Holding hopes to succeed Democratic Congressman Brad Miller.

The General Assembly redrew voting maps for congressional and legislative districts last year, forcing some veteran candidates to introduce themselves to voters who weren't in their districts previously.

Miller decided not to seek re-election after his district, which covers much of Wake County, was redrawn.

Unofficial results Tuesday show Holding, a former U.S. attorney, topped Wake County Commissioner Paul Coble and Bill Randall, a retired Command Master Chief in the Navy.

Holding will apparently face off against a candidate picked by the Democratic Party in the November election. In Tuesday's Democratic primary, Charles Malone was unofficially ahead of Bernard Holliday. But Malone has dropped out of the race due to health reasons and he has said if he was the top vote-getter he would leave it to the Democratic Party to appoint a replacement.

In the 7th District, Republican challenger David Rouzer will face Rep. Mike McIntyre, who has served since 1997, in November.

Incumbent Renee Ellmers, who defeated longtime Congressman Bob Etheridge for the seat in 2008, won the Republican nomination for the 2nd District. Dalton defeated Etheridge Tuesday in the gubernatorial primary race.

Also on Tuesday, one of the few Democrats in the North Carolina House who voted for the Republican budget last year has lost to a fellow incumbent.

Unofficial returns from all precincts Tuesday show Rep. Jim Crawford of Granville County losing to Rep. Winkie Wilkins of Person County by a vote of 56 percent to 37 percent.

Crawford is a longtime House member who was elevated to one of the chief positions on the budget committee several months ago by the Republican leadership. Liberal groups had criticized Crawford for his vote. He also became the subject of a House ethics complaint for using legislative extras in a campaign commercial.

Unofficial results show another House Democrat who voted for the budget — Rep. Bill Brisson of Bladen County — narrowly defeated challenger Matt Dixon.

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  • trustno1 May 10, 2012

    @wtrskitiger...yes I have had the unfortunate experience of Coble. The same man who will not look people in the eye at commission meetings when they oppose his position and points and wags his finger at other members of the commission when they too oppose him. good man?? YOUR opinion!! what is his vision? to close more EMS agencies? push through more divisive measures that exclude certain citizens of Wake County/NC?? Hopefully this is the end of King Paul

  • wtrskitiger May 9, 2012

    Paul Coble is a good man. Have you ever even spoken to him? Heard his thoughts/plans? He has great vision and would have been a great congressman. Holding is a snake in the grass. His agenda is very unclear and he is nothing but a true attorney trying to be a politician. Sad day for our district.

  • ghhelms May 9, 2012

    I am glad that Etheridge has been put out to pasture. He was running with education, yet he supported the continuing entitlement programs and Obamaism. He never should be elected for a public office again.

  • trustno1 May 9, 2012

    Agreed Flow Easy!! This should FINALLY put a nail in this guy's political coffin. His arrogance will not be missed. He only used his current position as a bully pulpit to help further his political career....WRONG. Good riddance

  • Karmageddon May 9, 2012

    Twenty percent of Democrats picked "No Preference" instead of Obama. He's One And Done.

  • Come On_Seriously May 9, 2012

    If there is an up side to yesterday's vote, its that Paul Coble was denied again.

  • Rebelyell55 May 9, 2012

    The one that shocked me is that Linda C. got the Democrates nomination for Lt. Gov.. Of course there won't much of a choice, but still, this lady was over the state personnel office that has been ran so poorly. So she has already shown that she is not capable of any office in Goverment.

  • rlwieland May 9, 2012

    Thanks god Etheridge is finalley gone. I am sure hes already calling his connections looking for a Govt. Job. Incumbents, your time is up!