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As predicted, Democratic Congressional challenger Patsy Keever handily defeated Michael Morgan in the Democratic primary for the 11th Congressional District with over 81% of the vote, 26,202 votes to Morgan’s 6,042 votes. Keever will now face Republican seven-term incumbent, Congressman Charles Taylor in the November 2nd election.
Former Vice Mayor Ed Hay, vying for the Democratic nomination for Chairman of the Buncombe County Commissioners, soundly defeated his two Democratic opponents, Don Yelton and Krishna Murphy, garnering over 62% of the vote, with 7,200 votes. Hay will now face incumbent Republican Chairman of the Buncombe County Commissioners Nathan Ramsey in the fall elections. Ramsey was unopposed in the Republican primary.
Keever’s campaign headquarters was packed with supporters cheering as each election return was posted on the election return board in her campaign headquarters. Keever showed a strong lead over Morgan in the first election returns reported, and continued to stretch out her lead throughout the primary election night. Keever, pictured above while addressing her cheering supporters, said, “This is the beginning of our campaign to bring a change to Western North Carolina and Washington D. C. It is time for the people of Western North Carolina to have a congressman who will protect their jobs from being out-sourced overseas, and who will fight to have public education funded on the level that it needs to be funded so that, indeed, no child is left behind.”
Keever is a native of Western North Carolina, and was a Buncombe County schoolteacher for 25 years. A mother of two and a recent widow after 34 years of marriage, Keever has served as a Buncombe County Commissioner for the past twelve years. Keever’s recent announcement of her campaign fundraising success, during which she raised over $400,000 from over 2,000 individual supporters, has caught the attention of many of the area’s seasoned politicos. Keever has received endorsements from top WNC Democratic elected officials, including Asheville Mayor Charles Worley, Buncombe County commissioners Bill Stanley, David Young, and David Gantt, and NC State Senator Martin Nesbitt.
In the Republican primary for the four Buncombe County Commissioners seats, Mark Crawford received the most votes with 4,319, followed by Mike Harrison with 3,655, Mike Morgan with 3,581 and Bill Reynolds with 3,394. Peter Dawes, receiving only 2,585 votes was eliminated. The top four finishers advance to the fall elections.
On the Democratic side for the four Buncombe County Commissioners seats, the three Democratic incumbents up for re-election, Bill Stanley, David Gantt and David Young all advanced to the November 2nd election. Carol Weir Peterson received 8,759 votes to also advance to face the Republican ticket in the fall. David Gantt received the most votes with 9,748.
Additional State Wide and Local Election Results:
US CONGRESS DISTRICT 11, Patsy Keever DEM, 26,202, 81%
COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE (THORNBURG), Barbara Jackson UNA, 226,900, 37%
GOVERNOR, Mike Easley DEM, 375,086, 85%
GOVERNOR, Richard Vinroot REP, 108,271, 30%
(Dem) County Commissioners, (Dem) (73), 73/73, 100.00%
Dem - David Gantt, 9,748, 23.15%
(Dem) Chairman of County Commissioners, (Dem) (73), 73/73, 100.00%
Dem - Ed Hay, 7,200, 62.04%
(Rep) County Commissioners (Rep), (73), 73/73, 100.00%
Rep - Mark Crawford, 4,319, 24.63%
US SENATE, Richard Burr REP, 293,922, 88%
For complete Buncombe County election returns and results, Buncombe County Election Results and Returns
For complete state wide election results, Election Results