State News

Election results: Congress, state legislature

Posted May 8, 2012 11:18 p.m. EDT
Updated May 9, 2012 5:30 a.m. EDT

— 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.