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December 09, 2023

Wells, Foxx, Adams win May 8 primaries

State Sen. Andy Wells

Wells takes State Senate District 42 Republican Primary

N.C. State Senator Andy Wells of District 42 has won the Republican nomination, defeating Alexander County challengers Dustin Long, of Stony Point, and Ryan Huffman, of Hiddenite, and Catawba County candidate Mark Hollo, according to unofficial results in the May 8 Primary election. Wells will face Democrat Ric Vandett in November.

Overall in the District (Alexander & Catawba), Wells garnered 9,000 votes, with Hollo next at 6,495 followed by Huffman with 2,232 and Long had 1,234.

In Alexander County, Hollo easily took the county with 1,046 votes. Wells had less than half that, with 488 votes in Alexander, followed by 58 votes for Huffman and 30 for Long.

Single-digit voter turnout noted in Alexander, Caldwell

Mid-term primaries often are plagued by low voter turnout. Alexander had 8.84% turnout (2,140 out of 24,205 registered voters cast ballots), Caldwell saw 7.48% (4,063 out of 54,288 voters), and Iredell had 9.57% (11,281 out of 117,885). Remaining neighbors Wilkes County had 18.31% (7,807 out of 42,643 voters) and Catawba County contests brought 24.01% turnout (19,033 out of 79,270 voters).

Rep. Virginia Foxx

Foxx, Adams will face each other in November

U.S. House Representative Virginia Foxx (NC-5), of Watauga County, appears to have won the Republican Primary, according to unofficial results. She will face Democratic Primary winner D.D. Adams, of Winston-Salem, in November.

Foxx took 32,518 votes districtwide (80.82%), with Dillon Gentry getting 5,669 votes (14.09%) and Cortland J. Meader, Jr., garnering 2,050 (5.09%). In Alexander County, Foxx got 1,348 votes (83.99%), Gentry had 179 (11.15%), and Meader received 78 (4.86%).

DD Adams

Adams had 15,428 votes (54.43%) in the Democratic Primary districtwide, while Jenny Marshall took 12,919 votes (45.57%). Looking at Alexander’s Democratic voters, Marshall received 292 votes (57.48%) while Adams had 216 (42.52%).

Primary results remain unofficial until Canvass Day is held on Friday, May 18.

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