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Election Runoff Ends Career Of Longtime Sheriff

Posted May 30, 2006 9:46 a.m. EDT

— Vance County's sheriff for 16 years was defeated Tuesday in a primary election runoff.

Unofficial results from the Vance County Board of Elections have Democrat Peter White defeating Democratic incumbent Sheriff Thomas Breedlove. With all 18 precincts reporting, White received 3,817 votes; Breedlove received 2,819.

Because there is no Republican opposition in November, White will likely become sheriff.

In Durham, attorney Larry Hall won a primary runoff race for the 29th House District, defeating former Durham City Council member Sandy Ogburn. With all 21 precincts reporting in unofficial results, Hall had 56 percent of the vote compared to 44 percent for Ogburn.

Hall likely will replace outgoing Democratic Rep. Paul Miller, who declined to run for another term. He won't have a Republican opponent in the general election, but could face a write-in challenge.

In Franklin County, unofficial results have Raymond Stone as the winner for the county commissioner at-large seat 6 primary winner with 58 percent of the votes. With 17 of 18 precincts reporting, he beat Dorothy May Wilder with 502 votes. She received 361 votes.

Results for another primary runoff election, Warren County District 3 commissioner, were not immediately available.

Across the state, in the 70th House District, Republicans Pat Hurley of Asheboro and former Liberty mayor Jim Parker competed Tuesday to become the nominee in the heavily GOP district. The winner will take on Democrat Happy Spivey of Ramseur in November. Nine-term incumbent Rep. Arlie Culp, R-Randolph, is retiring.

Hurley, a deputy clerk of court in Randolph County, led Parker by only seven votes in the five-candidate 70th District primary May 2.

Each received about 35 percent of the vote, enough to advance to the runoff. A primary candidate needs more than 40 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff.

Hall, who ran unsuccessfully for clerk of court in 2002, received 29 percent of the vote to lead the five candidates in the May 2 primary. Ogburn trailed Hall by about 200 votes.

Primary runoffs have historically had low turnout, even compared to primary elections. Statewide turnout during the May 2 primary fell to a record-low 9.5 percent, according to the State Board of Elections.

The State Board of Elections said races of various kinds were being held Tuesday in 20 counties.