Dalton wins Democratic primary, will face McCrory

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Dalton wins Democratic primary, will face McCrory

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 8 at 11:18 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton has edged former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge in the Democratic primary for North Carolina governor, setting up a general election race with Republican Pat McCrory.  

Dalton had 46 percent of the vote compared to 38 percent for Etheridge with about two-thirds of the precincts reporting unofficial results in the six-candidate primary. Dalton had enough to avoid a runoff -- the threshold is above 40 percent. State Rep. Bill Faison was a distant third at 6 percent.  

Dalton is a Rutherfordton attorney and former state senator who was elected lieutenant governor in 2008. He got in the governor's race when incumbent Beverly Perdue decided not to seek re-election.  

McCrory lapped the field of five other candidates in Tuesday's Republican primary, receiving 84 percent in incomplete returns.  

 

 

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