Republican Board of Commissioners candidate Martin Oakes and incumbent Republican Clerk of Superior Court Fred Hatley led the field in their respective races in Tuesday’s primary election.
Oakes finished with an unofficial tally of 2,495 votes, ahead of Bill Beam’s 2,222 votes and Anita McCall’s 2,091 votes. Barring any surprises during the Board of Elections’ canvassing session Wednesday morning, Oakes and Beam will advance to November’s general election.
Hatley secured the Republican nomination for Clerk of Court with 2,354 votes, 45.48 percent of the total vote. Candy Stevens Burgin finished second with 1,554 votes and Alex Patton took third with 1,268 votes.
Republican US Rep. Patrick McHenry took home the nomination for North Carolina’s 10th congressional district with 4,045 votes over challenger Richard Lynch’s 1,123 votes.
State Speaker of the House Thom Tillis led the Republican US Senate race in Lincoln County with 2,536 votes. Greg Brannon finished second at 1,263 and Mark Harris finished third at 1,067. Tillis won the statewide race to face incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan in November.
Hagan led the Democratic primary in the county with 1,035 votes.
See tomorrow’s edition of the Lincoln Times-News for more election coverage.