INCUMBENTS HAVE GOOD NIGHT

Paul Fogleman,

Voters are said to be fed up with the political status quo—ideological gridlock, controversial haggling over divisive bills. But apparently, most state legislators don’t carry that baggage. They won their primary battles. However some were razor thin. Rep. Charles Jeter, GOP whip in the House, won his primary fight by 27 votes out of 7,400 cast. Rep. Justin Burr, former House budget writer, survived by 242 votes out of 12,350 cast. And Larry Pittman of Cabarrrus County claimed a primary battle victory by 590 out of 10,600. Rep. George Robinson of Lenoir was the only incumbent to lose his primary battle.

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