April 30 congressional primary set after Walter Jones' death

Posted February 27, 2019 12:03 p.m. EST
Updated February 27, 2019 1:47 p.m. EST

Walter Jones

— Gov. Roy Cooper has set election dates to fill an eastern North Carolina congressional seat that was left empty after this month's death of Congressman Walter Jones.

Cooper's proclamation Wednesday directs that 3rd Congressional District primary elections be held on April 30, with a candidate filing period next week.

Several Republicans already have announced they're running.

The general election would be July 9. But a primary runoff would be held that day instead if a leading candidate in a primary doesn't get more than 30 percent of the vote. In that case, the general election would be held Sept. 10.

"People in eastern North Carolina need a voice in Congress," Cooper said in a statement. "We’re moving ahead so they can choose their new representative quickly."

The State Board of Elections is scheduled to meet next Monday to set a date for a new election in the 9th Congressional District. The board ordered them last week following testimony about absentee voting fraud in last fall's race.