Newton ahead in DA election


Mary Katherine Murphy - [email protected]



, LAURINBURG — Leading by more than 900 votes in Scotland County’s final unofficial tally, incumbent Kristy Newton led the district attorney’s race late Tuesday night with a single Hoke County precinct still to count.

Newton, a Democrat who has served as district attorney for District 16A since 2000, ran against James Allen, an attorney and former juvenile court counselor practicing in Raeford.

The district includes both Scotland and Hoke counties. The primary winner will likely take the office next year, as no Republican has filed to run in November’s general election.

In Scotland County, Newton received 2,520 votes to Allen’s 1,590, leading in every precinct and in the early voting totals.

With only the Rockfish voting precinct in Hoke County yet uncounted, Newton led the voting 5,378 to 4,364 at presstime on Tuesday. Her lead among Hoke County voters was narrower than in Scotland County, with 2,858 votes to Allen’s 2,774, according to unofficial returns.

In presidential primaries, Donald Trump was the leading GOP candidate among Scotland County voters with 956 votes. Ted Cruz received the second-highest vote tally with 617, followed by John Kasich with 177. At presstime, Trump was also winning the statewide primary with 41 percent of the vote.

In the Democratic presidential primary, Hillary Clinton had more than twice as many votes as Bernie Sanders among Scotland County voters with 2,671 to his 1,142, according to unofficial returns. Clinton was winning the North Carolina primary with 55 percent of the vote at presstime.

Also on the ballot in Tuesday’s primary was the Connect NC Public Improvement Bond, which includes $2 billion in funds for state infrastructure and education including at Richmond Community College, UNC-Pembroke, and the Lumber River State Park.

In Scotland County, 3,806 people voted in support of the bond while 2,050 voted against.

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Mary Katherine Murphy

[email protected]

Reach Mary Katherine Murphy at 910-276-2311

Reach Mary Katherine Murphy at 910-276-2311

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