Davis plans election protest in congressional loss

May. 12, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

Guilford County Commissioner Bruce Davis of High Point said this morning that he plans to protest what he calls irregularities in his 6th Congressional District Democratic primary loss last week to Laura Fjeld of Orange County.

Davis told The High Point Enterprise that he plans a formal announcement Tuesday and would provide more details then. Tomorrow is the canvass to certify election results locally and statewide from last Tuesday’s primary elections.
Davis, who lost by 12 percentage points in the 6th Congressional District primary, told the Enterprise today “that there were too many irregularities that took place on the day of the election.” Davis said that he wants to have an inquiry about his concerns.
According to unofficial returns from the N.C. State Board of Elections, Fjeld got 18,989 votes to 14,833 votes for Davis. The 6th Congressional District race covers part of 10 counties.
Fjeld, a former executive with the University of North Carolina system, heavily outspent Davis in the Democratic primary.
According to campaign finance reports, Fjeld raised $125,334 in the first quarter compared to $13,588 for Davis. In total, Fjeld had raised $350,490 through March 31 compared to Davis’ $13,588, according to campaign finance filings with the U.S. Federal Elections Commission.
Davis, who has been on the Board of Commissioners for 12 years, will relinquish his District 1 commissioners seat at the end of this year because he ran for Congress.
In the Republican 6th Congressional District race, Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr. and former minister Mark Walker of Greensboro will square off in a July 15 runoff to gain the GOP nomination. The two party nominees will square off in the Nov. 4 general election to succeed U.S. Rep. Howard Coble, R-6th, who is retiring at the end of this year for health reasons at the age of 83.

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