The primary election for North Carolina District 3 Congressional seat has ended and WNCT brings you the unofficial results.
Today, thousands of voters cast their ballots for the state’s third congressional district special primary.
For the Democratic side, the winner is Allen Thomas with a total of 12,883 votes, Greg Murphy wins the Republican side with a total of 9,505 votes, and Tim Harris wins the Libertarian side with a total of 75 votes.
More than two dozen candidates are vying for the seat held by the late Walter B. Jones Jr., but first, they must win their party’s nomination.
9 On Your Side’s Dominique Moody and Camila Barco will bring live reports from polling locations in Winterville and Jacksonville.
WNCT’s Courtney Allen will give us the breakdown of the primary election.
While Tuesday night is the primary, it’s likely that this race is far from over.
Experts tell 9 On Your Side that there will probably be a second primary after tonight.
For a candidate to win their primary, they must receive at least 30% of the vote.
That may be challenging, especially on the Republican side.
There are 17 candidates, making it difficult for one to gain 30% of the vote.
In that case, the person who comes in second can request a second primary.
In the second primary, voters would choose between those top two candidates.
On the Democratic side with only six candidates, there’s a greater chance for there to be a clear winner tonight, but the possibility of runoff is still there.
There is only one candidate for the Constitution party, so that person has a sure seat at the general election.
There are two Libertarians, so one of them will secure the majority tonight for the general as well.
Now if no second primary is required for Republicans or Democrats, the general election will be July 9.
In the case that there is a second primary, that election is on July 9, and the general will be pushed to September.
Voter turnout in Onslow County has been really good according to the board of the elections in the area.
Early voting started out slow, but the numbers quickly rise towards the end of last week.
As of 4 p.m., more than 1,600 votes have been cast in Onslow County.
But it didn’t start that way.
During early voting, it was a slow start to the election with an average of two hundred votes a day.
It wasn’t until the last day of early voting they had more than five hundred ballots cast.
Rose Whitehurst, the Director of the Board of Elections in Onslow County, said this is a special election it’s a steady number.
“So, people are not really paying attention to something like this may be, but we felt it was a pretty good turnout for early voting,” said Whitehurst.
Whitehurst does want to remind locals in Onslow County to visit their precinct to cast their ballot.
The board of elections office will not be a place for people to vote.
The next count of votes will be once the doors have closed for voters at 7:30 p.m.
We expect to know who will be in the running for the late Walter B. Jones seat by then.