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Jones Sweeps Up In 3rd Congressional District

Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC)
US House of Representatives
United States Government

It was supposed to be a tough race for U.S. Rep. Walter Jones. But the state's longest-serving sitting congressman cruised to victory last night in the 3rd Congressional District's Republican primary.

Jones, who has held his seat since 1994, faced a rematch with former George W. Bush staffer Taylor Griffin. Jones beat Griffin for the Republican nomination in 2014, but only by 6 points.

Last night, Jones carried well over half the vote and blew past both Griffin and a second primary challenger, Marine Corps veteran Phil Law.

Retired Army Captain Ernest Reeves won the district's Democratic nomination against David Hurst.

Jess is WUNC's Fletcher Fellow for Education Policy Reporting. Her reporting focuses on how decisions made at the North Carolina General Assembly affect the state's students, families, teachers and communities.
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