Lawmakers move to change congressional primary date

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RALEIGH, NC (AP)- A new North Carolina election schedule approved by the state House would delay congressional elections by almost three months should races have to go forward under district boundaries proposed this week.

The House voted 71-32 on Thursday night to shift the March 15 congressional primary to June 7. The shift is contingent on the U.S. Supreme Court refusing to block a lower court decision that prevents elections under current district lines. A new filing period under altered maps would begin March 16.

The measure heading to the Senate also would eliminate runoffs for all 2016 primaries on both dates. Right now a leading primary candidate must get more than 40 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff.

The House rejected a Democratic amendment shifting all primaries to June 21.

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