Pat McCrory wins GOP primary, awaits Democrat

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Pat McCrory is getting a second chance to run for North Carolina governor as the Republican nominee.

The former Charlotte mayor won Tuesday’s GOP primary over five other candidates by a comfortable margin. McCrory had 85 percent of the vote with about 3 percent of the precincts reporting in unofficial returns. Paul Wright of Dudley had 5 percent of the vote.

McCrory won the 2008 nomination but lost to Democrat Beverly Perdue. He’s been the presumptive nominee for several months as he traveled the state and raised money for television ads in an expected fall campaign with a Democrat. Six Democrats were seeking their party’s nomination Tuesday.

Other Republican candidates were Jim Harney of Fayetteville; Scott Jones of Greensboro; Jim Mahan of Denver and Charles Kenneth Moss of Randleman.
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