U.S. Rep. Walter Jones of Farmville, on the outs with some of his fellow House Republicans, won approval from voters Tuesday to return for an 11th term in Congress.
Marshall Adame, a Jacksonville Democrat, had 32 percent of the votes to 68 percent for Jones, according to preliminary returns. Adame, 62, is a retired Marine and a Vietnam War veteran.
Jones, 71, a Democrat-turned-Republican from Farmville, has represented the 3rd District in Eastern North Carolina since the 1994 election. Jones was an early supporter of the 2003 Iraq War, but he later reversed his position.
Many Republicans have seen Jones moving toward the center on key issues. His policy disagreements with the GOP leadership cost him his seat on the House Financial Services Committee.
Jones faced a fierce primary challenge in May when he fought off a well-funded challenger, Taylor Griffin, who had tea party support.