Loser of NC congressional primary sues to claim Dem’s slot


ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A losing candidate for a western North Carolina congressional seat is fighting in court for the Democratic primary nomination.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (http://avlne.ws/2aErkmk ) Tom Hill filed a federal lawsuit this week seeking the Democratic Party nomination in the 11th Congressional District.

The State Board of Elections approved vote totals showing Bryson City Alderman Rick Bryson winning the June primary. Henderson County aerospace retiree Hill’s lawsuit seeks to have those results set aside.

Hill contends state officials shouldn’t have allowed people who voted in the Republican primary held in March to then vote in the Democratic primary in June.

The state elections board decided that the March primary for U.S. House was never legally effective because federal judges already invalidated congressional district boundaries, forcing the June primary.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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