With 160 of 210 precincts reporting, state senator Dan Bishop led the GOP field with 48 percent of the vote. Union County commissioner Stony Rushing followed behind him with 21% of the vote, and former Mecklenburg County commissioner Matthew Ridenhour was in third place with 16 percent of the vote.
If these results hold, Bishop will avoid a runoff and proceed to a general election matchup with Democrat Dan McCready. (Thirty percent is the state-mandated threshold.)
At this point in time, Bishop was winning EVERY COUNTY in the district.
Here’s how the rest of the field stood: