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North Carolinians decide state and federal offices

From president to state auditor, the March 3 Primary Election was full of an almost overwhelming slate of federal and state offices. Here’s how North Carolinians had voted in these state and federal races as of press time 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, with 82 percent of precincts reporting:

• Joe Biden had a decisive win, pulling 41.39 percent of the vote against second-place Bernie Sanders, with 23.86 percent. 

• President Donald Trump received 93.85 percent of the roughly 700,000 votes cast in the Republican primary. 

• Democrat Cal Cunningham won 57.06 percent of the vote in the Democratic race for U.S. Senate. He will face incumbent Thom Tillis in November — Tillis received 78.4 percent of the vote. 

• Gov. Roy Cooper received 87.2 percent of the vote on the Democratic ticket and will face Republican Dan Forest in November after Forest pulled 89.18 percent of the vote against challenger Holly Grange. 

• Yvonne Lewis Holley was the top vote-getter in the Democratic race for lieutenant governor with 26.03 percent of the vote, but Buncombe County state senator Terry Van Duyn received more than 20 percent of the vote and will be able to call for a runoff primary since Holley got less than 30 percent of the vote. The eventual winner will face Republican Mark Robinson, who received 32.91 percent of the vote.

• Jim O’Neill won the Republican nomination for N.C. Attorney General with 47.4 percent of the vote. 

• Incumbent N.C. Auditor Beth Wood will face Republican Tony Street in November.

• Jenna Wadsworth won 53.57 percent of the vote in the Democratic race for N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture. 

• Mike Causey received 64.32 percent of the vote in the Republican primary for N.C. Commissioner of Insurance. 

• Josh Dobson won against two opponents in the Republican race for N.C. Commissioner of Labor with 40.47 percent of the vote. 

• E.C. Sykes will be the Republican candidate for N.C. Secretary of State after winning 42.22 percent of the vote against two opponents. 

• Democrat Jen Mangrum and Republican Catherine Truitt will face off in November in the race for N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction after winning their respective primaries. 

• The Democratic race for N.C. Treasurer was tight between the three contenders. As of press time, Ronnie Chatterji had a narrow lead with 34.8 percent of the vote, followed by Dimple Ajmera with 34.34 percent and Matt Leatherman with 30.86 percent. 

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