April 30 congressional primary set after Walter Jones’ death

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WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 12: U.S. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) speaks during a press conference on U.S. House bill H.R. 428 in the Cannon House Office Building on March 12, 2014 in Washington, DC. The bill would make public 28 pages, currently classified, that were removed from the congressional investigation’s report on the terrorist attacks […]

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper has set election dates to fill an eastern North Carolina congressional seat left empty after this month’s death of Republican Rep. Walter Jones Jr.

Cooper’s proclamation Wednesday directs 3rd Congressional District primary elections for April 30, based on candidate filing next week.

RELATED: Special election must be held to fill Jones’ seat

The general election would be July 9. But a primary runoff would be held that day instead, if a leading candidate in a primary doesn’t get more than 30 percent of the vote. In that case, the general election would be Sept. 10.

The state elections board will meet Monday to set new elections for the 9th Congressional District. The board schedules those for the 9th because it declared last week they were necessary following absentee voting fraud testimony in last fall’s race.

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