The Latest: Democratic Rep. Adams wins 12th District primary

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on Tuesday's North Carolina primary election (all times local):

10 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Alma Adams has turned back Democratic challengers after her longtime Greensboro home was left out of North Carolina's redrawn 12th District that she represents.

Final, unofficial results Tuesday show Adams winning the Democratic primary that featured seven candidates. Adams had more than 40 percent of the vote, with former state Sen. Malcolm Graham second and current Rep. Tricia Cotham third.

Adams was first elected in 2014 and worked to retain her current seat when court-ordered redistricting in February shifted the district's boundaries far away from where she lived to cover most of Charlotte and surrounding Mecklenburg County. The previous lines had covered both parts of Greensboro and Charlotte.

Since the redraw, Adams had changed her voter registration to Mecklenburg and leased a condo there.

Adams will be favored to win in November over Tuesday's Republican winner Leon Threatt. The district is heavily Democratic.


9:40 p.m.

More members of North Carolina's congressional delegation have won their primaries.

In the 5th District, GOP Rep. Virginia Foxx of Banner Elk won her primary Tuesday over Pattie Curran of Kernersville and in November will be challenged by Democrat Josh Brannon, another Tuesday winner.

Nearly complete, unofficial results showed Foxx with more than 70 percent of the vote. She's been in Congress since 2005 and is one of a handful of elected leaders in the House Republican Caucus.

Eighth District Rep. Richard Hudson of Concord beat Tim D'Annunzio of Raeford in the GOP primary and will take on Democrat Thomas Mills in the fall. Hudson led D'Annunzio by a nearly 2-to-1 margin.

Among other Democrats, Ernest Reeves of Greenville was the 3rd District winner, defeating David Allan Hurst. Reeves will take on longtime Republican Rep. Walter Jones Jr.

9:25 p.m.

Supreme Court Justice Bob Edmunds and a Wake County Superior Court judge have advanced to the general election for a seat on North Carolina's highest court.

Unofficial and nearly complete results show Edmunds and Michael Morgan finishing one-two in Tuesday's officially nonpartisan primary for the bench. Trailing were Sabra Faires of Cary and Daniel Robertson of Advance.

Edmunds. who is from Greensboro, has served on the Supreme Court since 2001. The state Republican Party sent mailers and automated recorded calls featuring Gov. Pat McCrory urging people to vote for Edmunds. Morgan was backed by the state Democratic Party.

Last year, there seemed to be no need for a primary because the General Assembly passed a law allowing Edmunds to run by himself this coming November in an up-or-down referendum. But Faires and others sued, calling the "retention election" idea unconstitutional, and a three-judge panel agreed.

9:10 p.m.

More North Carolina congressional primary elections have been decided.

Tenth District Rep. Patrick McHenry of Denver, the chief deputy whip in the House, pushed back three challengers Tuesday in his Republican primary, receiving nearly 80 percent of the votes cast. McHenry faces Democratic nominee Andy Millard of Tryon in November.

First-term Rep. Mark Walker in the 6th District defeated Chris Hardin of Browns Summit in the Republican primary. Waiting for him in the general election is Democrat Pete Glidewell.

The 2nd District Democratic nominee will be Raleigh attorney John McNeil, who with most precincts reporting had a 2-to-1 lead over his closest competitor in the five-candidate race. McNeill will take on incumbent Republican George Holding, who defeated fellow Rep. Renee Ellmers and Greg Brannon earlier Tuesday.

Sue Googe of Cary won the Republican 4th District primary over Teiji Kimball and will take on veteran Democratic Rep. David Price of Chapel Hill.


8:50 p.m.

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.


7:30 p.m.

The polls in North Carolina have closed.

Precincts were open in the state's 100 counties on Tuesday as voters made choices in 11 of the state's 13 congressional districts. That also includes the redrawn 12th Congressional District, where six Democrats and three Republicans were seeking their respective parties' nominations. Among the Democrats running was incumbent Alma Adams.

In one statewide primary, four candidates were to be narrowed to two in the nonpartisan race for associate justice. Justice Robert Edmunds is among the four.

In the 2nd Congressional District, incumbent Republican lawmakers Renee Ellmers and George Holding faced off for the nomination.


4:45 p.m.

Turnout was sparse at two Wake Forest polling places Tuesday afternoon where a couple of voters said they picked Republican Greg Brannon over both incumbent members of Congress in the Republican primary in the 2nd District.

Officials at the polling locations said only about 100 people had come to each one by midafternoon for the oddly timed congressional primary that was forced to be split off from the larger primary on March 15.

At a polling place in a shopping center, retired engineer John D. Kwasnick said he picked Brannon despite voting for U.S. Rep. George Holding during the last election.

He said he just felt that Brannon was a bit more conservative than Holding.

At a nearby church, attorney Mark Montgomery said he picked Brannon at the last minute over Holding and had ruled out Rep. Renee Ellmers early on. He said he thought Ellmers didn't stay true to her conservative principles, agreeing with the message of some of the anti-Ellmers attack ads.

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