The North Carolina State Board of Elections voted Wednesday to approve requests by candidates to hold a second primary election on July 17.
If none of the candidates running in a primary receive 40 percent or more of the vote once final results are in, they and their opponents can request a run-off, in order to have votes cast again.
Early voting will open for the second primary on June 28, and will stay open until July 14. Early voting will only be held at the Richmond County Board of Elections office at 221 S. Hancock St., Rockingham. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. At this time, no requests for party changes or registration updates will be processed by the board.
The second primary will be held at regular voting precincts.
Democrats will vote on a Commissioner of Labor, and the choices are John C. Brooks, who received 37.14 percent of the vote, and Marlowe Foster, who received 32.98 percent of the vote during the May 8 Primary Election.
Republicans have a larger ticket and will vote on U.S. House of Representatives District 8, Lt. Governor, Commissioner of Insurance, Secretary of State and Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The choices for Republican U.S. House of Representatives District 8 will be Richard Hudson who received 32.07 percent of the vote and Scott Keadle with 21.96 percent.
For Lieutenant Governor the choices have been narrowed down to Dan Forest, who received 32.98 percent of the vote and Tony Gurley who received 24.83 percent.
Commissioner of Insurance choices on the ballot will be Richard Morgan who lead with 37.01 percent and Mike Causey who followed him with 35.08 percent.
Choices for North Carolina Secretary of State have been narrowed down to Ken Gardner with 29.82 percent and Ed Goodwin, who lead with 35.94 percent of the vote.
For the job of Superintendent of Public Instruction, voters can choose between John Tedesco, who earned 28.35 percent of the May 8 vote, and Richard Alexander with 24.28 percent of the vote.
“Local Republicans need to come out,” said Richmond County Board of Elections Director Connie Kelly. “They have a big ballot.”
“While we did advance as one of the top two candidates to the Republican run-off, we still have work to do over the next two and a half months,” said Keadle. “I look forward to distinguishing myself as the conservative candidate who will bring reform and change to Washington — not someone looking to pay back political favors or go along to get along. I’m proud of the campaign we ran and honored by the uprising of grassroots support among Republican voters here in the 8th District. I look forward to seeing you all as we continue our race and head to a runoff on July 17.”
For questions contact the Richmond County Board of Elections at 910-997-8253 or visit the office at 221 S. Hancock St., Rockingham.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at email@example.com.