Primary elections are Tuesday

The close of the candidate filing period at noon Wednesday, Feb. 28, brought a flurry of last-minute filers, erasing an unimpeded path to election for some candidates who neither nor primary opponents nor challengers on the other party ticket.

Two people also have signed up for county treasurer - Democrat Sara Hoog and Republican Chris "Sappy" Basler. There are multiple races that, barring a write-in campaign, will be determined in the primary.

The five Republican candidates vying the seat being vacated by Circuit Clerk Cheryl Pierce are: Kara Groves-Bevill, Angie Johnson, Denise Giles Johnson, Debbie Swords and Delana Davidson Weaver.

When filing concluded, Republicans and Democratic candidates entered to run in all 120 House and 50 Senate districts.

For the House District 24 seat encompassing all of Wilson County, incumbent Democratic Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield could face unaffiliated candidate Kenneth Fontenot of Wilson if Fontenot can gather 2,000 petition signatures by May 8. Incumbent Frank Gliha is running against Charles E. Walder in the Republican primary. By contrast, 138,000 voters had cast ballots in the Republican primary. Republican turnout is up 2.5 percent from four years ago. Ferguson is the first Presidio resident to seek the judgeship since 2006, when former Presidio City Administrator Tom Nance challenged then-incumbent Judge Jerry Agan. But we believe Trump is the key variable that caused increased Democratic primary turnout in 2018 versus 2014 when he was not a factor.

The victor will then face newcomer Dr. Elaine Coats, who filed Tuesday as a Democrat. Again, early voting for the primary runs through 7 o'clock tomorrow night. Superior & District Court Judges, County School Board, and Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisors will file for offices beginning in June of this year.

The primary victor will then face Mike Lambert, director of transportation for Stanly County Schools, in November after he filed Wednesday as a Democrat hopeful.

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Hogan is uncontested in the primary, but the Democratic field is stacked: former NAACP president and CEO Ben Jealous, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, state Sen.

There are three seats up for election on the York School Board.

The New Hanover County Board of Education race is a more full house, with 11 candidates in total.

Obama's numbers dipped in the next election, taking 41.4 percent of the vote with 3.3 million, but Hillary Clinton improved on that in 2016, with 43 percent, or 3.8 million votes.

North Carolina and U.S. She is the only Democrat in the primary.

Democrats want to make Texas blue - or at the very least, purple - and a massive surge in voter enthusiasm is giving them hope.

We're definitely seeing more interest from Democrats now that Trump's in office and so many races are contested-they're just, far and away, older than 38.

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