With a low turnout (12.2 percent in Buncombe) voters spoke in today’s primary elections.
In a closely watched local race, challenger Patsy Keever defeated four-term incumbent Bruce Goforth decisively for the Democratic nomination in the 115th House District, with 59.8 percent of the vote. Keever will face Republican Mark Crawford for the seat in November.
In a crowded Republican field for the 11th District Congressional nomination, Jeff Miller bested five other candidates to take the nomination, taking 40.15% of the vote. His nearest rival, Dan Eichenbaum carried Buncombe, but lost in Henderson and other counties in the district. If Miller’s margin holds after provisional ballot are counted, he’ll have narrowly avoided a runoff election with Eichenbaum.
Over in the fight for the 11th District Democratic nomination, incumbent Rep. Heath Shuler defeated challenger Aixa Wilson. However, Wilson, a relatively unknown candidate, made a surprisingly strong showing, carrying nearly 40 percent of the vote and winning Buncombe with 52 percent.
R.L. Clark defeated Don Yelton for the Republican State Senate nomination. Clark, a former N.C. House member, will face Senate Majority Leader Martin Nesbitt.
Sheriff Van Duncan crushed challenger Rocky Owenby for the Democratic nomination, getting more than 80 percent of the vote.
The election saw an extremely low turnout, with only 12.2 percent of registered voters showing up. Out of 173,888 registered voters in the county, only 21,327 voted. Buncombe’s turnout was slightly lower than the state average of 14.3 percent
Consider this post an open forum to express your opinions on the primaries, whether it’s which candidates you supported, what issues you think are most important in this year, what topics deserve more attention or what you think tonight’s results mean.
— David Forbes, senior reporter