Pitt residents cast most ballots in early voting
By Bobby Burns
The Daily Reflector
Sunday, April 28, 2019
More than 22,000 people cast ballots in early voting for the 3rd Congressional District seat, including 8,824 who voted Democratic and 13,226 who voted Republican, according to totals released Saturday.
The early voting period closed on Friday for the seat left vacant by the death of U.S. Rep. Walter Jones on Feb 10. The special primary election for the seat begins at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, with polls opening across the 17 eastern North Carolina counties that make up the district.
Six Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination, while 17 Republicans are running for the GOP nomination. The district was a Republican stronghold under Jones for more than 24 years. Two Libertarians also are competing.
The winners of the primary will face off on July 9 if Tuesday’s voting produces clear victors. Runners-up may request a second primary if no candidate receives more than 30 percent of the votes.
In that event, a second primary will be held July 9 and the general election will be held Sept. 10. The general election also will feature a candidate from the Constitution Party in addition to the Republican, Democratic and Libertarian winners.
A total of 22,079 ballots were cast during early voting, which began April 6. That accounted for 4.66 percent of the 474,029 voters registered in the district as of April 6, according the number released by the N.C. Board of Elections.
Voters cast the most ballots in Pitt County, where 1,554 voted in the Democratic primary, 2,227 voted Republican and two voted Libertarian for a total of 3,883 votes.
The next highest total was in Craven County, where a total of 3,040 votes were cast, including 1,374 Democratic, 1,661 Republican and five Libertarian.
Carteret came next with 2,923 total votes including 924 Democratic, 1,989 Republican and 10 Libertarian; then Onslow with 2,704 total votes including 661 Democratic, 2,040 Republican and three Libertarian; then Lenoir with 2,363 total votes including 1,006 Democratic, 1,357 Republican and no Libertarian votes.
Republicans outvoted Democrats in all but four counties: Dare, Greene, Hyde and Pasquotank.
Five of the 25 primary candidates live in Pitt County, where voting was highest; four live in Craven County; three live in Carteret; three live in Onslow; and three live in Lenoir.
The two Libertarian candidates for U.S. Congress in North Carolina’s 3rd District, Shannon Bray and Tim Harris, will debate at 6 p.m. today in an online forum.
The Libertarian Party of North Carolina (LPNC) will host the debate, and Libertarian National Committee Chairman Nicholas Sarwark will moderate.
To watch the debate live or to watch a recording of it later, visit:
■ The LPNC YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/lpncchannel
■ The LPNC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LPofNC/
■ The LPNC website at www.lpnc.org
Harris is a systems engineer and entrepreneur who resides in New Bern. Information about his campaign is available at https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/391971/tim-harris.
Bray is an information security officer who resides in Apex. Information about his campaign is available at https://www.facebook.com/ShannonBrayNC/.