N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper’s run for governor left an opening for both parties to find someone new to lead the state’s Department of Justice.
With 2,462 of 2,709 precincts reporting, Josh Stein, a four-term state senator from Raleigh, was leading Marcus Williams, a lawyer from Robeson County, in the Democratic primary with 54 percent of the vote.
Buck Newton, a state senator from Wilson, was ahead of Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill in the Republican primary with 55 percent of the vote.
With Republicans holding both General Assembly chambers and the governor’s office, Cooper, a Democrat, has been put in a position of providing the lawmakers legal representation for laws he does not personally support.
The political differences have sometimes put lawmakers at odds with the state’s top prosecutor. Because of that, both parties see the office as an important one to win.
Josh Stein 54.05%
Marcus W. Williams 45.95%
Buck Newton 55.14%
Jim O’Neill 44.86%
2,462 of 2,709 precincts reporting