Veteran state lawmaker Leo Daughtry defeated Dennis Nielsen in the Republican primary for N.C. House District 26, assuring the Smithfield attorney an easy path to his 12th term in the legislature.
Daughtry, who faces no opposition this fall, earned 73.13 percent of the vote, while Nielsen, a Clayton gun store owner, received 26.87 percent.
Daughtry is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. He is on the short list for speaker of the House.
(numbers for races not limited to Johnston County are contest-wide totals)