Primary election results ***UPDATED***

Buncombe County elections officials have a new Web site for reporting the results of today’s races. In addition, Mountain Xpress will monitor the latest tallies as they become available and post them here later tonight, so check back for updates.

Jon Elliston, managing editor

***UPDATE, 10 p.m.***

Here are the results of the Buncombe County County Board of Commissioners races, as of around 10 p.m. Tuesday night. The projected winners in each party primary are listed first, in bold.

DEMOCRAT
Holly Jones             21.45%
K. Ray Bailey           14.94%
Carol Weir Peterson     13.81%
William H. (Bill) Stanley 12.29%
Cecil Bothwell           11.54%
Keith Thomson         8.70%
Vernon E. Dover       6.9%
J. Ray Elingburg         5.81%
Robert E. (Bob) Hill     4.58%

REPUBLICAN
Joe Dunn           24.07%
John Carroll         19.79%
Don Yelton         17.36%
Ron McKee         16.29%
Michael Fryar       10.84%
Steve Bledsoe       11.64%

***UPDATE, 10:35 p.m.***

In the closely watched Democratic presidential primary, Buncombe County voters helped Barack Obama win the state. In Buncombe, 54.67% of Democrats voted for Obama, while 43.68% voted for Hillary Clinton. Statewide, Obama won by a similar margin.

And in the Republican contest for the nomination in the 11th Congressional District, Asheville City Council member Carl Mumpower defeated his two opponents, Spence Campbell and John Armor. Mumpower will face Rep. Heath Shuler in the November general election.

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About Jon Elliston
An Asheville-based mountain journalist: Former Mountain Xpress managing editor. Investigations and open government editor at Carolina Public Press. Senior contributing editor at WNC magazine.

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