Rep. Walter B. Jones easily dismissed his competition in the Republican
primary for the Third Congressional District seat and will run for his
12th term in the U.S. House in November against Democrat Ernest T.
Jones had two challengers in the race for the Republican nomination --
Phil Law, a former Marine who worked as a computer technician for a
Defense contractor, and Taylor Griffin, who worked for N.C. Sen. Jesse
Helms and in the administration of President George W. Bush and then
founded his own public policy consulting firm.
With all precincts in the 17 counties in the district reporting, Jones
had 15,722 votes -- 65 percent -- to Griffin's 4,929 votes, or 20
percent, and Law's 3,599 or 15 percent.
In the Democratic primary, Ernest T. Reeves, a retired U.S. Army
captain from Greenville, won the spot on the ballot in November by
defeating David Allan Hurst of Newport. Reeves racked up 6,402
votes -- 55 percent -- to Hurst's 5,323 or 45 percent.
In Dare County, Jones dispatched his challengers with 80 percent of the
vote to 13 percent for Griffin and 6 percent for Law. In Hyde
County, Jones managed only 67 percent of the vote, while Griffin scored
27 percent and Law only 5 percent.
In the Democratic race, Reeves won 60 percent of the vote in Dare
County to Hurst's 40 percent, while in Hyde, Hurst squeaked by with
50.3 percent of the vote to Reeves' 49.7.
Meanwhile, in the non-partisan race that will determine which two
candidates will face off in November for a seat on the North Carolina
Supreme Court, incumbent Justice Robert H. Edmunds and challenger
Michael R. Morgan were leading in a field of four candidates.
Late last night with 99.3 percent of precincts reporting
statewide, Edmunds had 48 percent -- 232,590 votes -- and Morgan
had 34 percent -- 166,084.
Sabra Jean Faires was trailing with 12 percent -- 58,180 votes --
and bringing up the rear was Daniel Robertson with 6 percent or 27,007
Turnout was low in the election, as was expected, but was probably even
lower because of the weather -- heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm
Colin didn't let up until early afternoon.
Six percent of registered Dare County voters went to the polls -- 1,738
out of 28,542. In Hyde County, the turnout was higher -- 9.2
percent of registered voters or 317 of a possible 3,436 voters
Statewide, just under 8 percent of registered voters cast their ballots in the Congressional primary.