McHenry, Bryson advance to general election

Republican Patrick McHenry defeated three challengers for the right to defend his district 10 congressional seat in November. Graphic courtesy of NC State Board of Elections

November’s ballot is finally set for Western North Carolina’s congressional districts as is the race for North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice.

10th Congressional District
Six-term Republican incumbent Patrick McHenry staved off three challengers for the right to defend his seat in the general election. In November, McHenry will face Democrat Andy Millard, who did not have a primary election.

McHenry garnered 14,770 votes (78.45 percent). Jeff Gregory came in second with 2,268 votes, Jeffrey Baker earned  900 votes and Albert Wiley, Jr. received 889 votes.

11th Congressional District
In a close race Democrat Rick Bryson received 9,636 votes (50.75 percent) to beat out Tom Hill, who earned 9,351 votes. Bryson will try to upend two-term Republican incumbent Mark Meadows, who did not have a primary challenger.

Republican incumbent Patrick McHenry  (10th congressional district) will advance to the general elect as will Democrat Rick Bryson (11th congressional district).
Republican incumbent Patrick McHenry (10th congressional district) will advance to the general elect as will Democrat Rick Bryson (11th congressional district).

North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice
Two North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice candidates are also advancing to November’s election. Robert Edmunds received the top spot in the state-wide race with 234,141 votes and Michael Morgan came in second with 167,218 votes to beat out Sabra Jean Faires and Daniel Robertson.
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Buncombe County Breakdown
In Buncombe County a total of 20,843 people cast a ballot, or 11.06 percent of registered voters. County voters gave McHenry a decided victory beating out the closest contender by 1,775 votes. However, Buncombe County voters went against district-wide results as they favored Hill over Bryson by 213 votes.
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In the North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice race Buncombe County voters favored Morgan by a wide margin of 7,101 votes.
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The general election is slated for Tuesday, November 8.

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About Dan Hesse
I grew up outside of Atlanta and moved to WNC in 2001 to attend Montreat College. After college, I worked at NewsRadio 570 WWNC as an anchor/reporter and covered Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners starting in 2004. During that time I also completed WCU's Master of Public Administration program. You can reach me at dhesse@mountainx.com.

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