Democrat Kim Hanchette, Republican Jim Fulghum cruise to primary victories

sbarr@newsobserver.comMay 8, 2014 

— City voters got their first official look at the shape of November’s general election for the state House and Senate last week as primary results came in Tuesday night.

In N.C. House District 49, Democrat Kim Hanchette easily bested Derek Kiszely, earning 76.51 percent of 6,108 votes cast in the Raleigh district.

Hanchette, founder of the nonprofit Diabetes Management Solutions, will face Republican Gary Pendleton, a former Wake County Commissioner, in November.

Republican lawmaker Jim Fulghum holds the District 49 seat, but is leaving it behind to run for state Senate.

When Republican Neal Hunt announced earlier this year that he wouldn’t run again, he quickly endorsed Fulghum, a retired neurosurgeon.

But before Fulghum could turn his election to the general election, he had to win a primary after Apryl Major, a compliance quality manager, entered the race.

Fulghum handily defeated Major, winning 80.1 percent of the 12,652 votes cast in the Raleigh and northern Wake district.

Republican D.A. primary close

Raleigh voters also will go to the polls this fall for the Wake County district attorney race.

Democrat Lorrin Freeman won an easy victory in her party’s primary over Benjamin Zellinger, but Republican candidates Jeff Cruden and John Bryant could be headed toward a run-off.

Cruden edged out Bryant, 33.68 percent to 32.66 percent in a field of four candidates, failing to capture the 40 percent of the vote needed to avoid a run-off.

Other Primaries

In the Wake County Clark of Superior Court, Democrat Sam Bridges and Republican Jennifer Knox won their respective primaries and will face-off in the general election

In the Wake County Commissioners primary, Republican incumbent Joe Bryan easily defeated challenger Fred L. Puryear. Bryan will run against Democrat Sig Hutchinson in the fall.

In U.S. Congressional District 13, which includes parts of Wake, Franklin and Granville counties as well as other nearby counties, Brenda Cleary won the Democrat primary.

She will face Republican incumbent George Holding this fall.

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