Randolph commissioners race may head to runoff

May. 17, 2014 @ 01:11 PM

The Republican primary contest for a seat on the Board of Commissioners could be headed for a runoff in a tight contest between the two candidates with the most votes.
The election canvass Tuesday confirmed that Board of Commissioners District 3 GOP candidates David L. Allen and Dave Craven finished within 4 percentage points of each other in the May 6 primary. In the four-candidate GOP contest, Allen led the pack with 3,520 votes, or 36 percent. But Craven finished second with 3,122 votes, or 32 percent.
Since neither candidate received at least 40 percent of the vote, Craven has the option to ask for a runoff with Allen. The runoff, known formally as a second primary, would take place July 15.
Craven must decide whether to request a runoff by noon Thursday, said Randolph County Board of Elections Director Melissa Johnson.
The Republican nominee will face Democrat Elworth Cheek of Ramseur in the Nov. 4 general election. The winner will succeed longtime commissioner Harold Holmes, who is retiring at the end of this year.
GOP primaries are critical in Randolph County because the county is so solidly Republican. No Democrat has been elected to a partisan race in the county during the past 30 years.
Randolph County commissioner candidates must live in the district in which they file for office. However, the Board of Commissioners races are at-large, meaning all county residents can vote in all the contests.

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