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Howard Coble (WGHP File Photo)

RALEIGH, N.C. — U.S. Rep. Howard Coble, the longest-serving GOP House member in state history, is seeking to stick around a little longer.

According to unofficial results on Tuesday, Coble bested challengers William Flynn and Billy Yow for the Republican nomination for North Carolina’s 6th Congressional District, which includes several central Piedmont counties.

Coble first won the seat in 1984.

Flynn has worked as a radio broadcaster for decades. Yow serves on the Guilford County Board of Commissioners and runs a well-digging business.

Coble will square off against Democrat Tony Foriest in the November election. Foriest served in the state senate from 2006 to 2010 and is a U.S. Army veteran.

Coble released the following statement regarding his primary victory:

“I never take any election for granted.  And I didn’t take this one casually either.  I am grateful to the Republican voters in the two current 6th District counties, along with the eight new counties, for honoring me with their approval.  Billy Yow and Bill Flynn ran spirited and professional campaigns, and they should be credited for being outstanding members of the Republican Party.  I am proud to be the Republican nominee for the U.S. House in the 6th District, and now it is on to November.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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