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Election watch 2014

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With primary day in the books, we now have a clearer picture of what the general election will look like come November 4th. And 9's got you covered. We'll be keeping on eye on key races in Beaufort, Craven, Lenoir, Onslow and Pitt counties. 

Let's start with some heated campaigns for sheriff. A couple of major upsets marked primary night one week ago.  

In Lenoir county, Ronnie Ingram beat out Sheriff Chris Hill for the democratic nomination. Sheriff Hill has been with the Lenoir county sheriff's office for more than 30 years. Right now, Ingram is running unopposed in the general election. But, Rickey Pearson, a retired, 38 year veteran of the sheriff's office, is collecting signatures ahead of the June deadline to make it onto November's ballot.

The Beaufort county sheriff's race ended last week with no clear winners. Neither of the 5 Democrats nor 4 Republicans who ran in the primary received the necessary 40%. Al Whitney and Russell Davenport were the top democratic vote getters. While Harry Meredith and Ernie Coleman will runoff for the Republican nomination.

In Onslow county, another  big shakeup as Hans Miller bested long time sheriff Ed Brown for the Republican nomination. Brown has served Onslow county for nearly 24 years. Miller will face Democrat Scott Himes in  November.

Pitt county Sheriff Neil Elks ran virtually unopposed after challenger Paul McLawhorn dropped out of the race amidst some controversy, even though his name remained on the ballot. Elks will hold on to the office, as no one is expected to try and mount a challenge by the June deadline.
Staying in Pitt county...the District 9 State House Republican primary between Ashley Bleau and incumbent Brian Brown saw Brown holding on by 2,000 votes. He'll defend his seat in November when he squares off against Democrat Uriah Ward.

And finally, the national races. In the third congressional district, Congressman Walter Jones has a chance to win an 11th term in the House after beating opponent Taylor Griffin in the Republican primary last week. Jones is expected to cruise to a general election win over Democrat Marshall Adame in November.

The most anticipated election in our state was the one for U.S. Senate. 8 Republicans battled it out to go head-to-head with incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan. Despite having 8 candidates, it really boiled down to a 2-man race. And with more than 40% of the vote, state house speaker Thom Tillis will challenge Hagan in November.
The Democrats hold a razor thin majority in the Senate of just 4 seats. A Tillis win in November puts that majority in jeopardy. A take over of the Senate by the Republicans is being widely viewed as a referendum on the Affordable Care Act.

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