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Safe bets and Upsets: Primary night wrap-up

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Winners of Tuesday night's midterm primary elections are wrapping up their celebrations and getting ready to face their opponents in November's general election.
    
The most anticipated election in our state was the one for U.S. Senate.
    
8 Republicans battled it out to go head-to-head with incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan. Despite having 8 candidates, it really boiled down to a 2-man race.
    
And with more than 40-percent of the vote, the winner is Thom Tillis. He's the state House speaker and leading fundraiser in the GOP primary. He went into the race with support from Governor Pat McCrory and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
    
Tillis' biggest challenge came from Greg Brannon, a doctor from Cary. He scored a little less than 30 percent of the vote.
    
After the results came in, Tillis spoke about his goals going forward.

“Well, we did it,” said Thom Tillis. “Now we need to be clear now. It’s not the end of the primary. It’s really the beginning of our primary mission which is the mission all along and that is to beat Kay Hagan and make Harry Reid irrelevant in American politics."

This race has so far been extremely expensive and will only get more costly as we head toward the general election.
    
Incumbent senator Kay Hagan released a statement last night that partly said, "Thom Tillis spent his time in Raleigh pushing a special interest agenda that's rigged the system against middle class families.”

She went on to say, “This is not an agenda that works for working families."

Congressman Walter Jones has a chance to win an 11th term in the House after beating opponent Taylor Griffin in the Republican primary for the third congressional district.

"I felt the whole time that the voters of ENC after 20 years of having the privilege of representing them that they knew who they could trust, and I think that came through in the vote. I really do," said Walter Jones. He says he's humbled by the win.
    
And Griffin acknowledged late Tuesday night it was an uphill battle to beat the long-term congressman.

Former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken is holding a slim lead over Keith Crisco for the 2nd district's Democratic congressional nomination.

100 percent of the precincts are now reporting. Aiken holds 41 percent of the vote while Crisco holds 40 percent.
    
It would be up to Crisco's campaign to request a recount. For now it looks like the candidate wants to wait until absentee and provisional ballots are tallied.
    
The winner will challenge incumbent Republican congresswoman Renee Elmers in November.

Now onto the hotly-contested sheriff's races across the east.

In Craven County's Republican primary, Trent Woods commissioner Chip Hughes beat out River Bend police officer Ernest Thomas.

Hughes is chair of the governor's School Safety Task Force. For Thomas, this was his fourth time running for sheriff.
    
Come November, Hughes will face Jerry Monette, the winner of the Democratic primary. He beat out Eric Smith with 52 percent of the vote.

In Lenoir County, Ronnie Ingram beat out current sheriff Chris Hill for the Democratic nomination.
 
Sheriff Hill has been with the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office for more than 30 years. Ingram retired from the Kinston Department of Public Safety in August of last year after achieving the rank of "major." He also worked as an officer in Lenoir County for more than 25 years.

Right now, it appears Ronnie Ingram is running un-opposed in the general election.

In Onslow County, a big shakeup as Hans Miller beat out current sheriff Ed Brown for the Republican nomination.

Brown has served Onslow County for nearly 24 years. He changed his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican in 2013. This news comes after Brown suggested that Miller may be linked to a man suspected of making bomb threats in Onslow County.

Miller will face Democrat Scott Himes for the office in the November election.

In Greene County Sheriff Lemmie Smith will hold on to his seat. And in Onslow County Republican Hans Miller won the vote over current Sheriff Ed Brown.

In Pitt County, voters picked a winner for the District 9 State NC House race by less than 2,000 votes. Incumbent Brian Brown will now go up against Democrat Uriah Ward in November.

Three Democrats were in the running for the district two state Senate seat that covers parts of Carteret, Craven, and Pamlico counties. Carl Ipock beat out Dorothea White and Fernie Hymon with 48 percent of the vote. Ipock is a retired engineer who has been the chairman of the Craven County Board of Education for the past 20 years. Ipock will face incumbent Republican Norman Sanderson in November.

And some hiccups last night with the State Board of Election's website.

The board says a programming error caused the initial numbers for "precincts reporting" to be incorrectly calculated. Wednesday morning, a spokesperson told 9 On Your Side vote totals were never affected by the glitch.
    
Programmers corrected the error Tuesday night.

You can find a county by county breakdown of election results by clicking here.
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