2020 north carolina primary

Republican voters in Western North Carolina will head to the polls again in just two months to decide a runoff primary following Tuesday’s results in the 11th Congressional district.  No candidate in the 11-person field for the GOP nomination hit the 30% threshold needed to avoid a runoff.  That means the top two vote-getters – Lynda Bennett and Madison Cawthorn – will face each other in the May runoff. 

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Former Guantanamo Bay prosecutor Moe Davis easily outdistanced his rivals to win the Democratic primary for the open Congressional seat in Western North Carolina's 11th district.  His GOP opponent is still unknown, as none of the 11 candidates on the ballot came close to the 30% needed to avoid a runoff.

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Tuesday March 3rd is primary election day in North Carolina.  Voters will decide party nominees for elected positions at the federal, state, and local levels.  Polls will be open Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Early voting concludes Saturday February 29th ahead of the March 3rd primary election in North Carolina.  In Western North Carolina, voters will begin the process of choosing a new member of Congress.  The 11th Congressional District has new boundaries this year, ensuring all of the westernmost portion of the state is in the same district.  In the Republican primary in the 11th, having no incumbent brought out one of the largest primary fields in the country.

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Early voting concludes February 29th ahead of the March 3rd primary election in North Carolina.  Voters will decide nominees for a large number of races in the fall.  In Western North Carolina, choosing a new member of Congress headlines the list of elections on the ballot.  The 11th Congressional District has new boundaries this year, ensuring all of the westernmost portion of the state is in the same district.  It also has no incumbent.

On February 7th  Blue Ridge Public Radio held a forum with three candidates running for the Republican nomination for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, which encompasses all of Western North Carolina.  All told, 11 candidates are running in the GOP primary.  Each were invited to participate in two forums BPR held.  This forum features three of them – Wayne King, Vance Patterson, and Albert Wiley.  Early voting for the primary election in North Carolina runs until February 29th.  Those who have not registered to vote yet will only be able to do so during the early voting period.

On February 5th, Blue Ridge Public Radio held a forum in its studios with the candidates running for the Democratic nomination for the North Carolina state senate seat for district 49, which covers central and western Buncombe County.  Democrat Terry Van Duyn currently holds the seat, but is vacating it to run for lieutenant governor in 2020.  Republican Bob Penland is running for his party’s nomination unopposed.  His opponent in the fall will be either Julie Mayfield, Ben Scales, or Travis Smi

Early voting is underway in North Carolina for the March 3rd primary.  Voters in Western North Carolina will have plenty of candidates from the major parties to choose from for the 11th Congressional District seat – 16 of them to be exact, 11 Republicans and 5 Democrats.