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GOP’s current bouts mark NC legislative primaries

RALEIGH, NC ( Associated Press) — Four pairs of Republicans are head-to-head in the North Carolina General Assembly primary Tuesday, their clash as the result of redistribution in rural areas that have lagged behind other parts of the state in population growth.

But the most interesting legislative contest may involve Democrats and a name not even on the ballot: Gov. Roy Cooper.

The second-term Democratic governor took the unusual step of challenging Fayetteville’s Democratic Sen. Kirk DeVier in the primary, who has at times sided with Republicans, particularly on the state budget and legislation easing public school restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. For.

DeViere has been accused of being too comfortable with the GOP during the 2021 budget talks, when Cooper’s longtime efforts to expand Medicaid were blocked. A final spending plan that largely supported Republican priorities passed in November with bipartisan support.

In support of former Fayetteville city council member Val Applewhite, Cooper wrote that he needed someone in the state capital, Raleigh, who “isn’t afraid to stand up for right-wing Republicans as we work to build a state.” where everyone has equal opportunity. Prosper.

“This race is so important to sit out,” says Cooper in a radio ad for Applewhite’s campaign. Former District Court Judge Ed Donaldson is also running in the primary.

Other Democrats have criticized Cooper’s interference and praised DeVier for bringing state dollars to Fayetteville. DeViere said in March that he believed Cumberland County voters “will choose the voice that best represents their interests — not the interests of partisan Raleigh politicians.”

According to the Campaign Finance report, Cooper’s chief external advisor, who had provided campaign services to DiViere for years, now works with Applewhite.

While past election results in the 19th Senate district show the Democratic primary winner will have the advantage of the general election, Cooper is taking a risk by turning away from Devier, who won two close races for the seat against Republican Wesley Meredith in 2018 and 2020. . The Republican majority could become veto-proof in the Senate if the GOP wins two additional seats in November.

Meredith, herself a four-time former senator, is running in the GOP primary against first-time candidate Dennis Britt.

In other Republican primaries, Sens Dina Ballard of Watauga County and Ralph Hiss Hill of Mitchell County are competing for a seat in the 47th district. Republicans said county-group rules in population transition and redistribution made it largely impossible to prevent couples from living in the same district.

Hiss, in his sixth term, is one of the Senate’s three top budget writers and co-chair of the Senate Redistribution Committee. Ballard, who joined the Senate in 2016, is a co-chair of both the Senate Education and Education Appropriations Committees.

Another “double-bunking” is happening in northeastern North Carolina, where censors Norm Sanderson of Pamlico County and Bill Steinberg of Chowan County are seeking the same first district seat. Sanderson co-chairs the Senate Judiciary and Agriculture committees, while Steinberg leads a panel on improving the safety of prison personnel. Both are former members of the House.

In the House, Moore County’s seven-term Representative Jamie Boles and Richmond County first-term Representative Ben Moss are running in the Sandhills-area 52nd District. and Polk County Reps. Jake Johnson and David Rogers of Rutherford County are competing for the 113rd district seat within the four Foothills and Mountains counties. Rogers joined the House in 2016, Johnson arrived in 2019.

In all four races, the winner does not face any democratic opposition in November.

The sitting legislators running for seats in the other legislative chamber have primaries.

Democratic Representative Raymond Smith of Wayne County, who accompanied House Majority Leader John Bell in the same district, is instead running in the Senate primary against Sen. Toby Fitch of Wilson County. GOP Representative Lee Zachary of Yadkin County, joined by 17-term Representative Julia Howard in a House seat, decided to run in an open Senate seat. Other candidates for Zachary’s Republican primary include former House and Senate member Shirley Randleman.

Wake County’s current Democratic Sen. Sarah Crawford is running in the house primary, while Democratic Rep. Greg Mayer of Orange County and Candy Smith of Pitt County are in the Senate primaries.

Other former legislators competing in next week’s primaries include Eddie Gallimore of Davidson County, who is running for Senate. For the House seats, there are Tricia Cotham of Mecklenburg County, Elmer Floyd of Cumberland County and Stephen Ross of Allamance County.

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