RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Veteran U.S. Rep. Walter Jones Jr. of North Carolina has won the 3rd District Republican primary over a former Bush administration official for the second consecutive election cycle.
Partial unofficial results Tuesday have Jones receiving two-thirds of the votes cast, with Taylor Griffin of New Bern and Phil Law of Jacksonville splitting the rest.
Griffin narrowly lost to Jones in the 2014 primary for the eastern North Carolina district. Griffin and Law had planned to run against Jones in the March primary and refiled when court-ordered redistricting delayed House races by three months.
Jones has been in Congress since 1995. He’s been a frequent critic of House Republican leaders and opposed the Iraq war.
Jones will take on Tuesday’s Democratic primary winner in November in the GOP-leaning district.