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Primary Election Day 2018 blog: Walter Jones, Hans Miller among big winners

(Bloomberg photo by Luke Sharrett)

The latest information from Primary Election Day across Eastern North Carolina and the rest of our state:

Tuesday is Primary Election Day across Eastern North Carolina and our state. Residents went to the polls to vote for candidates that will move on to the General Election in November. In some cases, like the U.S. House District 3 race that pits Reppublican Rep. Walter Jones against Scott Dacey and Phil Law, the winner of the primary wins re-election since there is no challenger on the other side.

Click here to find your polling place. You can follow the results on our Elections Results page and on the statewide elections website. Click on the left tabs to pick the county and race you want to see results.

11:06 p.m.

We had reports from NewsChannel 12's Ashley Boles, Nicole Griffin, Nate Belt and Greg Payne. Click the above video for more.

10:51 p.m.

All the election results involving local races are complete. Click here to see results on our website and tune in at 11 on NewsChannel 12 for more.

10:38 p.m.

-- Walter Jones has officially won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. He won with 43.01 percent of the vote over Phil Law (29.41 percent) and Scott Dacey (27.58).

-- In the NC House of Representatives District 6 Republican race, Bobby Hanig has knocked off incumbent Beverly Boswell, 53-47 percent.

10:21 p.m.

-- Democrat Jerry Langley won the newly created NC House of Representatives District 79 race with 69.61 percent compared to 30.39 percent for Bryson Jones.

-- Beaufort County's results are complete. Republican Ernie Coleman and Democrat Al J. Whitney won their respective races for sheriff.

10:02 p.m.

There were two big votes in Pitt and Onslow counties for sheriff.

-- In Onslow County, Sheriff Hans Miller easily won re-election over Boyd Brown and Walter Scott. Miller won with 70 percent of the vote. There is no Democrat nominee, meaning Miller retains his position. Click here to see other results in Onslow County.

-- In Pitt County, Paula Dance won the Democrat nomination for sheriff with 67.25 percent of the vote. She will face Gary Weaver, who won the Republican nomination with 75.9 percent of the vote, in the November election. They are looking to replace Neil Elks, who chose not to run for reelection. Click here for all of the Pitt County results.

9:57 p.m.

-- The biggest result in Jones County involved two tax proposals. The first involved a one-quarter cent sales tax. The vote was for it, 53.24 percent to 46.76. Maysville also passed a fire tax, 64.41 percent to 35.59.

-- In Martin County, Tim Manning easily won the Democrat primary, beating Marvin Hillard 61.58 to 38.42 percent.

9:42 p.m.

More county results have been determined. The races still have to be verified by the respective board of elections.

-- Greene County has finished its vote count. Winners include Bennie Heath (Board of Commissioners District 4 and Democrat race), Natasha Sutton (District 3, Democrat race).

-- Greene County also passed a measure involving mixed beverages. The measure passed 55.3-44.7 percent. This was the fifth vote on mixed drink sales in the county.

9:35 p.m.

Walter Jones appears to be cruising to victory in the U.S. House District 3 race. He has a dramatic lead over Republican challengers Phil Law and Scott Dacey. The winner of the Republican primary will win overall re-election. Jones has said this is his last term as a congressman.

-- Norman Sanderson has won the Republican nomination for N.C. Senate District 2 over Lisa Oakley.

9:24 p.m.

More results have come in regarding races across ENC.

-- In Bertie County's Board of Commissioners races, Greg Atkins, Ernestine Bazemore and Tammy Lee won their respective districts. John Holley, the current sheriff, also won reelection. Click for state election board results.

-- Carteret County election results are complete. Patrica McElraft and Robert Jenkins won their respective Board of Education races. Ken Raper won the Clerk of Superior Court vote. Click for state election board results.

8:53 p.m.

Ballots in several races have been counted and unofficial results have come in.

-- Washington County Sheriff: Johnny Barnes, the current sheriff, won his primary with 64 percent of the vote.

-- Kandie Smith won the N.C. House of Representatives District 8 race with 50 percent of the vote over three challengers.

-- On the Jones County Board of Commissioners, James Harper (83 percent, District 2) and Vernon Lee Harris (61 percent, District 7) won their respective districts.

-- Michael Speciale won the N.C. House of Representatives District 3 Republican race with 57 percent of the vote.

7:30 p.m.

Polls closed at 7:30 p.m. across the state. The only exception is in Hoke and Robeson counties, where the polls stayed open an additional 15 minutes. Votes will begin to be tallied. You can click on the above links to get results as they come in. We'll have more on NewsChannel 12 on Fox Eastern Carolina at 10 and on NewsChannel 12 at 11.

6:05 p.m.

Our 6 p.m. newscast report on the elections.

5:43 p.m.

Reports from our 5:30 p.m. newscast from NewsChannel 12's Greg Payne in Jacksonville and Ashley Boles in Greenville.

5:24 p.m.

Reports from our 5 p.m. newscast from NewsChannel 12's Ashley Boles in Greenville and Nicole Griffin in New Bern.

6:40 a.m. (From The Associated Press)

Polls have opened in North Carolina as voters choose their parties' nominees for dozens of legislative and congressman primary races.

More than 35 General Assembly members and eight congressional incumbents are trying to advance through Tuesday's primary elections.

Current Congressmen seeking re-election include House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows and Rep. Patrick McHenry, the chief deputy whip in the House.

Among the Republican incumbents facing the most serious challenges in Tuesday's voting are be Reps. Robert Pittenger of Charlotte and Walter Jones of Farmville.

About 4 percent of the state's nearly 7 million registered voters had cast ballots before Tuesday's voting through either early in-person or traditional absentee voting.

There are no statewide races this year, meaning some people might have no one to vote for until the November general elections.



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