ONLINE UPDATE: Primary results for US and NC senate and house

by Cole Dittmer
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

While on a stop through New Hanover County on North Carolina Primary Election Day, United States House of Representatives North Carolina District 7 GOP candidate David Rouzer said he had a good feeling about his race against New Hanover County Commission Chairman Woody White. That feeling turned into reality at roughly 10:20 p.m. when Rouzer received a phone call from White conceding the race.

“All day we were seeing the support and it turned out to be a great night,” Rouzer said by telephone on Tuesday, May 6. “Woody called to offer his congratulations to me and Woody is a great fella, and I told him I would look forward to catching up with him soon.”

With around 99 percent of the statewide precincts reporting, Rouzer accumulated 53 percent of the vote to White’s 40 percent. In White’s home county of New Hanover he led Rouzer 59 percent to 33 percent.

In looking ahead to his November race against White’s fellow New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield—who won his race for the democratic District 7 primary—Rouzer said he would focus on getting his vision out for the United States government as a whole and the counties he would represent.

“The big thing I am going to focus on is the message for getting out government back to the founding principles of free enterprise, individual liberty and economic freedom,” he said. “We also need to find a long-term funding source for inlet dredging and funding for beach renourishment.”

Rouzer’s opponent in the November elections, Jonathan Barfield, said his race against Walter Martin Jr. turned out how he expected.

“I feel awesome and now it is time to focus on November,” Barfield said by phone on Tuesday, May 6. “I am putting the Barfield team together to spread my message and we have had great support from across the counties.”

Joining Rouzer and Barfield in a race for a seat on Capitol Hill in November will be United States Senate candidates Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis.

Tillis, the North Carolina Speaker of the House of Representatives, won his primary race by approximately 90,000 votes over runner up and Tea Party activist Greg Brannon.

The incumbent Hagan won by an even larger margin, accumulating just more than 77 percent of the votes. In a statement released after her victory, Hagan said the upcoming choice between herself and Tillis was an easy one.

“Thom Tillis has spent his time in Raleigh pushing a special interest agenda that has rigged the system against middle class families,” Hagan stated. “North Carolinians know that I am the only candidate in this race who will put our state’s needs ahead of what the special interests want.”

Also facing Tillis and Hagan for the senate seat on the November ballot will be libertarian candidate Sean Haugh, who defeated Tim D’Annunzio in the primary election by just more than 20 percent.

In the race for the North Carolina District 3 seat in the United States House of Representatives, incumbent Walter Jones defeated Taylor Griffin and Al “Big Al” Novinec by collecting 51 percent of the votes.

As for the North Carolina State Senate seats, Republican District 9 candidate Michael Lee established and maintained a large lead over Michael Burns and Justin LaNasa.

With not all of the precincts reported by around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, Lee said he was not ready to make a victory statement in spite of collecting 80 percent of the votes at that time.

“So far it looks great but you never know until it is all over,” Lee said by phone.

In a closer race, North Carolina Senate District 8 Democratic candidate Ernie Ward defeated Danny Hefner by just more than 1,300 votes.

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