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Seabolt holds off Republican challengers

ASHEBORO — Randolph County Sheriff Greg Seabolt has kept his hopes for re-election alive after surviving a hotly contested Republican primary on Tuesday.

With all 22 Randolph County precincts reporting, Seabolt finished with 9,417 votes, or 51.18% of the turnout. Timmy Hasty was second with 6,196 votes (33.67%) and former sheriff Robert Graves received 2,788 votes (15.15%).

Seabolt will now be the clear favorite in the November election in a heavily fortified Republican county.

In other local primary results Tuesday night:

Incumbent NC House District 70 Rep. Pat Hurley was upended by challenger Brian Biggs with all 8 precincts reporting. Biggs had a 5,187-4,738 vote lead, 52.26% of the vote to Hurley’s 47.74% in the Republican primary.

Neal Jackson dominated voting in the Republican race to fill the seat vacated by retiring Republican Allen McNeill in the NC 78 district race. Jackson had 4,439 votes / 63.51% of the vote in the Randolph Republican primary. Next were David Ashley (1,379 / 19.73%) and Cory Bortree (1,171 / 16.75%). Overall in the multi-county district, Jackson had 67.15%/8,427 votes to Ashley’s 17.36%/2,179 votes and Bortree’s 15.48%/1,943 votes.

In the Clerk of Court race, incumbent Pam Hill dominated with 77.08% of the vote (13,684 votes). Anthony Julian collected 4,122 votes for 22.92%.

Two incumbent commissioners, David Allen and Hope Haywood, held off challengers. In District 4, Haywood topped Craig Frazier with 55.47% of the vote (9,569 votes) to 44.53% / 7,681 votes for Frazier. Allen had a closer call in District 3, winning with 51.37% 8,898 votes to 48.63%/8,422 votes for Todd Daniel.

In a race between Republican challengers for Seat 2 in the NC Superior Court Judge District 19B, Taylor Browne (52.58%/9,171 votes) held off Chris Parrish (47.42%/8,272 votes).

For race totals in all of the races on Randolph County ballots, click here