Trump, Clinton, McCrory, and Cooper big winners in North Carolina primary elections

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Super Tuesday is over and polls closed across eastern Carolina at 7:30 p.m.

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  • Donald Trump has won the Republican presidential primary in North Carolina, widening his lead in the race for the GOP nomination.
  • Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic presidential primary in North Carolina, adding to her run of victories in the South over rival Bernie Sanders.
    Clinton’s win in North Carolina was her second victory on Tuesday, following a triumph in Florida. She has dominated Sanders in the South, previously capturing wins in South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee. Clinton has a significant delegate lead over Sanders, who has turned in stronger showings in the Midwest and other Western states.
  • Republican Marco Rubio has ended his campaign for the Republican nomination for president after a humiliating loss in his home state of Florida. Rubio told a crowd in Miami Tuesday that he knows that voters are angry and that there is a hunger for new faces and voices in government.
  • Gov. Pat McCrory has won the Republican primary for governor. Partial, unofficial results Tuesday showed McCrory with more than 80 percent of the vote. Former state Rep. Robert Brawley of Mooresville and Charles Kenneth Moss of Randleman received the rest.
  • Attorney General Roy Cooper has won the Democratic gubernatorial primary, setting up a general election battle with Republican incumbent Pat McCrory. Cooper led Durham lawyer Ken Spaulding on Tuesday. Cooper had about 70 percent of the vote in partial, unofficial results.
  • North Carolina’s fall U.S. Senate election will pit two-term Republican incumbent Richard Burr of Winston-Salem against Democrat Deborah Ross, a former state House member from Raleigh. Burr and Ross won their respective primaries Tuesday. Burr received held a 2-to-1 margin over Cary obstetrician Greg Brannon in partial, unofficial results. Larry Holmquist and Paul Wright also ran for the GOP nomination. Ross had received two-thirds of the votes counted, followed by Spring Lake Mayor Chris Rey, Durham staffing company owner Kevin Griffin and U.S. Army veteran Ernest Reeves of Greenville.
  • North Carolina voters have agreed to borrow $2 billion for repairs, renovations and new buildings at universities and community colleges. The bond package overwhelmingly approved Tuesday also will pay for local water and sewer projects and construction on state parks, National Guard buildings, and the North Carolina Zoo.
  • There were four state House seats up for grabs to represent people in the WNCT 9 On Your Side viewing area. For District 6, covering Beaufort and Hyde counties, it looks like it will be a match between Warren Judge and Ashley Woolard. Only Democrats appeared on Tuesday’s ballot for District 9 covering part of Pitt County. Young challenger Brian Farkas gained more support than Walter Gaskins. And District 21’s seat for Duplin and Wayne counties is going to incumbent Larry Bell.
  • NC House District 24 incumbent Jean Farmer-Butterfield looks like she will continue to represent Pitt and Wilson counties. Kandie Smith failed to take the lead. The Greenville city councilwoman mayor pro tem talked with WNCT as the projections were coming in. She said it was a good race overall. “Because you lose a race like this doesn’t mean you give up,” said Kandie Smith. “That’s not the kind of person I am and I don’t think that’s what the voters would want of me. Sometimes it takes where people are beginning to become more aware of what’s happening.” Smith said she’ll continue working on issues with the Greenville city council and she wished Butterfield the best of luck.
  • A couple of referendums appeared on the ballots for Pitt and Washington counties. Ayden’s mixed beverage proposal passed after being added to a ballot for the second time in four years. And Washington County’s sales tax did not pass.
  • What’s not being counted are votes cast in the U.S. congressional race. The state had to draw a new map after a federal court panel threw out the old map. As of now, the races for the U.S. congressional seats will take place on June 7th. Despite the names appearing on Tuesday’s ballot, lawmakers ordered the State Board of Elections not to release the vote totals cast in March. You’ll have to vote again in June.

One-stop early voting wrapped up over the weekend, and North Carolina saw record turn-out. More than 13,000 people in Pitt County alone voted early. That’s over 5,000 more than in the last presidential primary in 2012.

New this year, voters had to show a government issued I.D. with a picture on it to vote. That could be anything from a driver’s license, passport, or military I.D. In the event voters forgot, they were still able to vote, casting a provisional ballot, meaning those votes will be counted once the voter’s identity is verified.

Many believe moving North Carolina’s state’s primary election up this year gives North Carolinians more influence in the presidential race. There are 72 delegates on the line for Republican presidential candidates. And 107 for Democrats.

The state isn’t “winner take all”. So every candidate will get the number of delegates proportionate to their votes.

The presidential race will likely be up for grabs come November since North Carolina could be a swing state, going for Obama in 2008 and Romney in 2012. As of Saturday, there are still more registered Democrats than Republicans. But there’s also a high number of unaffiliated voters who could vote in North Carolina’s primary.

On Monday, 9 On Your Side caught up with Congressman G.K. Butterfield at a Clinton campaign rally to talk about the significance.

“This is probably the most important election of our lifetime,” said Rep. G.K. Butterfield.”There’s some mean spirited campaigns taking place in the country and we’re better than that.

Absentee ballots had to be postmarked by Tuesday, March 15. Polls closed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

Voter turnout as of four o’clock:

  • In Pitt County, 32,000 people went to the polls.
  • In Lenoir County, more than 5,000 people turned out to vote.
  • And in Beaufort County, more than 6,000 people cast their ballots.

You can always find your assigned polling location by heading to the State Board of Elections website.

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