• By MIKE CONLEY nconley@mcdowellnews.com
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With a very low turnout, voters in McDowell made their choices Tuesday for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives and an associate justice candidate for the state Supreme Court.

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  • Associated Press
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican Thom Tillis unseated Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan on Tuesday, winning a lengthy, expensive race in North Carolina after linking Hagan to President Barack Obama and highlighting his own record of accomplishments while leading the state legislature.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken won what had been a hotly contested Democratic primary for a North Carolina congressional seat according to a final, unofficial vote count that was posted Tuesday, a day after the accidental death of his closest rival.

  • JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson survived a primary in which outside conservative groups spent nearly $1 million trying to defeat her.

  • DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent
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WASHINGTON (AP) — North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis captured the Republican nomination to oppose imperiled Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan Tuesday night, overcoming anti-establishment rivals by a comfortable margin in the first of a springtime spate of primaries testing the strength of a te…

  • DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent
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WASHINGTON (AP) — North Carolina Republicans sorted through their choices to challenge Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan on Tuesday, and Speaker John Boehner sought re-nomination to Congress from Ohio, first in a springtime spate of primaries pitting the GOP establishment against tea party challengers.

  • GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina voters trickled in Tuesday to choose primary candidates for dozens of state and federal offices, including a highly competitive U.S. Senate seat and the state Supreme Court.

  • GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina voters are about to decide who they believe can best challenge Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in November: a state politics insider backed by Mitt Romney or first-time candidates more aligned with the tea party and the Christian right.