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Bladen election canvass, recount set for Friday

The Bladen County Board of Elections will meet Friday to canvass results from the elections held May 14 and to recount votes in the race for the District 3 seat on the county Board of Commissioners, Elections Board chairwoman Louella P. Thompson announced Tuesday.

The canvass meeting is slated to begin at 11 a.m. and the District 3 recount at 1 p.m. at the Board of Elections offices located on South Cypress Street in Elizabethtown.

In District 3, unofficial returns showed Democratic incumbent Russell Priest beat Republican challenger Wayne Edge by four votes, 676-to-672. Edge led by five votes before the Hollow precinct reported the final votes of the night. The Hollow precinct is based in the Tar Heel Municipal Building.

Bladen County Election Results

In the Republican primary for the U.S. House District 9 seat, Dan Bishop was an overwhelming winner, based on unofficial returns. Bishop had 14,178 votes with Stony Rushing in second with 5,820. Bishop received 47.67 percent of the vote, far exceeding the required 30 percent needed to avoid a potential primary runoff in September.

Bishop will face McCready, Green Party candidate Allen Smith and Libertarian Jeff Scott in the general election on Sept. 10 for the U.S. House District 9 seat. The district includes portions of Bladen among its eight counties.

Bishop had 473 votes, or 45.13 percent, in Bladen County. Rushing was second with 370, or 35.31 percent.

In the race for two seats to be a Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor, Earl Storms and Charles Wendell Gillespie were the top vote-getters, based on unofficial returns. Storms had 1,140 votes and Gillespie had 1,090. Tim Gause was third with 954 votes.

With all of Bladen’s 17 precincts reporting, totals showed 2,515 ballots cast out of 21,287 eligible voters in Bladen County. That was an 11.81 percent voter turnout in this special election.


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