Congressional rematch on tap


By Andy Winemiller - [email protected]



Chief elections judge Tom Coiro prepares a voting booth for elections judge Pam Bledsoe.


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Courtney B. Williams, an elections judge at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, prepares a voter for casting his ballot in Tuesday’s election.


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DOBSON — U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx and Democrat Josh Brannon will square off against each other in the November general election.

According to unofficial results, Brannon, of Boone, earned his rematch against Foxx, who won the Republican nomination with more than 70 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s special primary election.

Brannon lost to Foxx in the 2014 general election for the seat by a margin of 61 to 39.

Foxx, who was being challenged by Pattie Curran, of Kernersville, for GOP nomination for the 5th Congressional District, stated she’s happy for a shot at a sixth term.

“Today the voters of North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District decisively endorsed my record of fighting for limited government, conservative values and strong national security,” stated Foxx in an email.

“I’m honored that they’ve given me the chance to appear on the ballot in the fall and I thank everyone who voted today for their commitment to a functioning democracy.”

Brannon took the Democratic nomination in a three-way race, winning about 44 percent of the vote.

One of his two opponents was Pilot Mountain resident Jim Roberts. Roberts earned more than 50 percent of the vote in Stokes and Surry counties.

“It made me feel really good that my neighbors voted for me,” said Roberts of the hometown results.

“We had three good, strong candidates. The people have obviously chosen, and I’m behind Josh (Brannon) 100 percent.”

Brannon did not return a phone call seeking comment.

A special election for the seat of N.C. Supreme Court Justice Bob Edmunds also took place Tuesday.

The election was made necessary when a Wake County court struck down a retention election system for the court.

Edmunds, who has served on the court since 2001, won handily against three opponents. Edmunds took 48 percent of the vote. Mike Morgan, a Wake County Superior Court judge, took second in the race with about 34 percent of the vote.

The two top finishers will square off against each other in November.

Chief elections judge Tom Coiro prepares a voting booth for elections judge Pam Bledsoe.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Voting1.jpgChief elections judge Tom Coiro prepares a voting booth for elections judge Pam Bledsoe. Andy Winemiller | The News

Courtney B. Williams, an elections judge at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, prepares a voter for casting his ballot in Tuesday’s election.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Votes2.jpgCourtney B. Williams, an elections judge at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, prepares a voter for casting his ballot in Tuesday’s election. Andy Winemiller | The News

By Andy Winemiller

[email protected]

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

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