The primary election in North Carolina on Tuesday yielded few surprises as the status quo survived challenges from all directions.
House Speaker Thom Tillis, the candidate everyone thought would win the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, won – with a solid 46 percent of the vote. The race drew national attention and only will continue to garner headlines ahead of the November match up with Democrat Kay Hagan.
Here are three takeaways from the night – and get all the election results below:
The campaign proved less-than-Idol worthy and his opponent Keith Crisco put up a good fight and leveled solid attacks on Aiken. On Tuesday, it proved to be one of the closest races, with Aiken up by a few hundreds votes, and Crisco had yet to concede.
It’s not an insurrection by any means but it’s one of the more intriguing numbers from the night.
*** The other big number for today: 181 – the days until Nov. 4, Election Day. Much more election news below in the Dome Morning Memo. And check Dome later today for results from the Dome Election Contest.***
McCrory will make a “major education announcement” at 10 a.m. in Greensboro. It comes as he prepares to roll out his second budget proposal, which is expected to include 2 percent across-the-board pay hikes for teachers and state employees, a move designed to quell (at least in part) vocal opposition in the public education community to the Republican legislative agenda.
GOP leaders in the state House want to do the same. But with recent state revenue projections it’s unclear where McCrory will find the money to offer raises without cutting elsewhere in the education realm.
Forest will unveil a “new fund” to supplement teacher pay, according to his office, though such a suggestion raises many questions – such as where the money will come from, how it will work and most importantly will it make a difference? He will make a presentation to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee at 2 p.m. in Raleigh.
Sen. Jerry Tillman, a top Republican, will join him at the announcement, adding more intrigue about whether the Senate and House are split on the biggest issue this legislative session.
Voters tended not to be in a rebellious mood Tuesday, generally giving their votes to candidates who were well within the mainstream of their party. The Republican candidates who won tended to be deeply conservative, well-financed, but also politically seasoned and well-connected to their national parties. This was an insiders’ election. Read more here.
The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina Inc., which was registered with the N.C. Secretary of State in September 2013, has been granted 501(c)3 status by the Internal Revenue Service and is set to operate as a nonprofit organization, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce.
All that remains for the Commerce Department to operate as a public-private organization is for the N.C. General Assembly to vote on enabling legislation in its short session, which begins later this month, that will allow the nonprofit to contract with the state. Read more here.