With 49 percent of the precincts reporting, the Democratic statesenator from Warrenton had 41,606 votes, or 62 percent, in themajority-black district, according to unofficial returns.
Republican Greg Dority of Washington, making his firstrun at political office, had 24,504 votes, or 36 percent.
Libertarian Mike Ruff of Greenville had 1,107 votes, or 1 percent.
In 1992, Clayton became the first blackwoman elected to the House of Representatives from NorthCarolina. Clayton had endorsed Ballance, who also is black and is alaw partner of her husband's.
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