By Matt Harrelson firstname.lastname@example.org
May 7, 2014
ROCKINGHAM —Tuesday’s primary election in Richmond County went off without a hitch, election officials said Wednesday.
The county saw a turnout of about 19 percent turnout with 5,395 total votes cast.
“Everything ran very well,” said Hawkins. “There were no problems with the computer system. It was just an uneventful election and an uneventful election is a good election.”
The main draw for voters this primary were the crowed race for the school board and a competitive race for clerk of court. Voters elected newcomers Bobbie Sue Ormsby and Don Greene along with incumbents Joe Richardson and Irene Aiken to the school board. Pamela Easterling was the only incumbent to lose her seat.
In the contest for clerk, incumbent Vickie Daniel out polled rival Peggy Roach.
In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Kay Hagan and her Republican challenger Thom Tillis won their respective party primaries Tuesday night.
The vote totals across the state mirrored their tallies here in Richmond County.
In the marquee race of the night, Tillis and a pair of political novices, newcomers, obstetrician Greg Brannon and Mark Harris, a Baptist pastor, led a field of eight candidates vying for the right to take on Hagan, a top target for Republicans angling for control of the Senate in the fall.
Tillis won more than 48 percent of the state vote. He needed 40 percent to avoid a July runoff. Greg Brannon ran second and Mark Harris third.
According to unofficial returns, Tillis won with 471 votes or 47.9 percent in Richmond County. Brannon came in second with 220 votes or about 22.4 percent of the vote here. Marris Harris was third with 20.2 percent.
Hagan, whom Republicans have made a top target in their drive to win a Senate majority in the fall, won renomination over a pair of rivals with about 80 percent of the primary vote.
Hagan, the incumbent Democrat garnered 2,317 votes or 60.5 percent of the vote in Richmond County, according to unofficial returns.
Sean Haugh won on the libertarian ticket beating Tim D’Annunzio 5 to 1 in Richmond County, according to unofficial results.
As far as the November General Election, Vickie Daniel, who won the Clerk of Court position, will technically run unopposed come November.
“A certain amount of signatures could be signed through a petition which would verify as a write-in candidate,” Kelly said.
For Board of Commissioners in the fall, incumbents Ben Moss, Republican, Thad Ussery, Democrat and Don Bryant, Democrat, will face challengers Donnie Richardson, Republican, Herbie Long, Democrat and Peggy Covington, Democrat.
In the North Carolina State Senate District 25 race, incumbent Gene McLaurin will be running against current Board of Education member Tom McInnis, Republican, and Libertarian P.H. Dawkins.
In the race for Richmond County Sheriff, incumbent James E. Clemmons Jr., Democrat, will be opposed by Bo Frye, Republican.
Judge Scott T. Brewer is running unopposed for District Court Judge for District 16A as well as NC House of Representatives Garland Pierce for District 48 and Ken Goodman for District 66, both Democrats. In addition, Democrat Reece Saunders will also run unopposed for the seat of District Attorney in District 16C.