SMITHFIELD — Michelle Ball defeated David Ford and Keith Branch in the Republican Party primary for Johnston County Clerk of Superior Court.
Ball, a Smithfield paralegal, took 51.03 percent of the vote. Ford, a Clayton attorney, finished with 26.25 percent, while Branch, a Smithfield insurance agent, earned 22.72 percent.
This fall, Ball will face Democrat Michelle Denning, who faced no primary opponent. Longtime incumbent Will Crocker is retiring at the end of his term.
(numbers for races not limited to Johnston County are contest-wide totals)