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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Thom Tillis and his wife Susan celebrate his victory Tuesday evening winning the Republican nomination over Greg Brannon and Mark Harris in the US Senate campaign at The Omni Hotel uptown.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Thom Tillis and his wife Susan celebrate his victory Tuesday evening winning the Republican nomination over Greg Brannon and Mark Harris in the US Senate campaign at The Omni Hotel uptown.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Thom Tillis and his wife Susan celebrate his victory Tuesday evening winning the Republican nomination over Greg Brannon and Mark Harris in the US Senate campaign at The Omni Hotel uptown.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Thom Tillis celebrates his victory Tuesday evening winning the Republican nomination over Greg Brannon and Mark Harris in the US Senate campaign at The Omni Hotel uptown.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Thom Tillis kisses his wife Susan and stands with his daughter Lindsay (right) celebrates his victory Tuesday evening over Greg Brannon and Mark Harris in the US Senate campaign at The Omni Hotel uptown.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Thom Tillis greets supporters as he celebrates his victory Tuesday evening over Greg Brannon and Mark Harris in the US Senate campaign at The Omni Hotel uptown.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    The crowd cheers as Thom Tillis wins Tuesday evening winning the Republican nomination over Greg Brannon and Mark Harris in the US Senate campaign at The Omni Hotel uptown.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Thom Tillis greets supporters as he celebrates his victory Tuesday evening over Greg Brannon and Mark Harris in the US Senate campaign at The Omni Hotel uptown.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Thom Tillis greets supporters as he celebrates his victory Tuesday evening over Greg Brannon and Mark Harris in the US Senate campaign at The Omni Hotel uptown.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Thom Tillis greets supporters as he celebrates his victory Tuesday evening, winning the Republican nomination over Greg Brannon and Mark Harris in the US Senate campaign at The Omni Hotel uptown.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    The crowd cheers as Thom Tillis wins Tuesday evening winning the Republican nomination over Greg Brannon and Mark Harris in the US Senate campaign at The Omni Hotel uptown.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Thom Tillis greets supporters as he celebrates his victory Tuesday evening over Greg Brannon and Mark Harris in the US Senate campaign at The Omni Hotel uptown.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Thom Tillis greets supporters as he celebrates his victory Tuesday evening over Greg Brannon and Mark Harris in the US Senate campaign at The Omni Hotel uptown.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Thom Tillis greets supporters as he celebrates his victory Tuesday evening over Greg Brannon and Mark Harris in the US Senate campaign at The Omni Hotel uptown.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    A voter enters Precinct 121 at William Davie Park on on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Robby Reitzel stays cool in the shade of a very small tree while campaigning for his candidate at the Northside polling place in Newton, NC on Tuesday.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Lucas Ballard, 5, sits on his grandfather Everette Simmons' shoulders as he votes at North Newton Precinct 25 in the Northside firehouse in Newton. Turnout in Catawba county has been steady in a heavily republican primary.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    All four booths are occupied at the Mountain View #1 polling place at Bethel United Church of Christ in Mountain View.
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    Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    No waiting for early voters at Forest Hill Church on Park Road, Tuesday May 06, 2013
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    Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    Tuckaseegee Elementry School is open for primary voting, Tuesday morning May 06, 2013.
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    Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    Precinct Chair Christine R. Bowser repositions a few campaign signs they were too close to the entrance of the West Charlotte Recreation Center on Kendall Drive early Tuesday morning May 06, 2013.
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    Chris Seward - cseward@newsobserver.com
    Democratic candidate for U.S House Clay Aiken, left, gets his ballot to vote at Mills Park Elementary School in Cary, NC on May 6, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Mecklenburg County Sheriff candidate, Irwin Carmichael, middle, talks with Bob Oehler, left, and campaign volunteer, Harry Kirk as he campaigns at the Mallard Creek Recreation Center as people go to vote on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Mecklenburg County Sheriff candidate, Irwin Carmichael, left, shakes hands with NC House of Representatives candidate, Sharon Hudson, as they campaign at the Mallard Creek Recreation Center while people go to vote on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Volunteers campaign for their candidates in the shade of old oak trees as they enter the Mountain View #1polling place at Bethel United Church of Christ in Mountain View.
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    Chris Seward - cseward@newsobserver.com
    Election official Rose Waddell, right, watches as Democratic candidate for U.S House Clay Aiken, center, puts his ballot into the tabulator as he votes at Mills Park Elementary School in Cary, NC on May 6, 2014.
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    Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    Campaign volunteers greet primary voters outside the West Charlotte Recreation Center on Kendall Drive early Tuesday morning May 06, 2013.
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    Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    Primary voters at Greater Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church on West Trade Street, early Tuesday morning May 06, 2013.
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    Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    No waiting for early voters at Forest Hill Church on Park Road, Tuesday May 06, 2013
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    Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    Ann and John Collar look over the ballot before voting at Forest Hill Church on Park Road, Tuesday May 06, 2013
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    Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    No waiting for early voters at Forest Hill Church on Park Road, Tuesday May 06, 2013
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Campaign workers gather under a tree at Precinct 121 at William Davie Park on on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. At right is Matt Arnold who is running against North Carolina State Senator Bob Rucho.
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    Rick Thames - rthames@charlotteobserver.com
    North Carolina Senate candidate Matt Arnold wears an "Extract Rucho" t-shirt as he campaigns outside the 121st Precinct polling place at William Davie Park along Pineville-Matthews Road in Charlotte on Tuesday morning 5/6/2014.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    (L-R) North Carolina State Senator Bob Rucho and N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis talk outside Precinct 75 at Holy Covenant UCC in Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Rucho is running for a return to the State Senate. Tillis is running in the highest-profile race Tuesday, the Republican U.S. Senate primary, which has drawn a field of nine candidates. The top three GOP hopefuls in the race are: Tillis, Greg Brannon and Mark Harris.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    (L-R) North Carolina State Senator Bob Rucho speaks with voter Donald Parrott outside Precinct 75 at Holy Covenant UCC in Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Rucho is running for a return to the State Senate. Matt Arnold is running against Rucho.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Campaign workers gather under a tree at Precinct 121 at William Davie Park on on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. At right is Matt Arnold who is running against North Carolina State Senator Bob Rucho.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    (L-R) North Carolina State Senator Bob Rucho listens to campaign worker Michele Hutchens outside Precinct 75 at Holy Covenant UCC in Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Rucho is running for a return to the State Senate. Matt Arnold is challenging Rucho.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Matt Arnold campaigns outside Precinct 121 at William Davie Park on on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Arnold is running against North Carolina State Senator Bob Rucho.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    (L-R) N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis talks with voter Donald Parrott of Charlotte, NC outside Precinct 75 at Holy Covenant UCC in Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, May6, 2014. Tillis is running in the highest-profile race Tuesday, the Republican U.S. Senate primary, which has drawn a field of nine candidates. The top three GOP hopefuls in the race are: Tillis, Greg Brannon and Mark Harris.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    (L-R) N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis talks with Christi Lemonds, a campaign worker for Greg Brannon outside Precinct 75 at Holy Covenant UCC in Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Tillis is running in the highest-profile race Tuesday, the Republican U.S. Senate primary, which has drawn a field of nine candidates. The top three GOP hopefuls in the race are: Tillis, Greg Brannon and Mark Harris.
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    Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    Campaign volunteer Kay Frazier hands Louise White a Vilma Leake flyer outside the Betty Rae Thomas Recreation Center on Tuckaseegee Road, Tuesday morning May 06, 2013.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Jeff Thompson, Sharon Hudson campaign volunteer, left, looks at a ballot with Bob Oehler before Oehler votes at the Mallard Creek Recreation Center on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    U.S. Senate candidate, Mark Harris, hugs his sister, Sheila Vogler, as they wait for the poll results at the Hilton Garden Inn at University Center Tuesday, May 6th, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Supporters of U.S. Senate candidate, Mark Harris, wait for the election results at the Hilton Garden Inn at University Center Tuesday, May 6th, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    U.S. Senate candidate, Mark Harris, walks to the stage to speak to his supporters after the election results came in at the Hilton Garden Inn at University Center Tuesday, May 6th, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Kevin Shinault, left, and Wayne McKinney sit and watch the election results with other Mark Harris supporters at the Hilton Garden Inn at University Center Tuesday, May 6th, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    U.S. Senate candidate, Mark Harris, speaks to his supporters after the election results came in at the Hilton Garden Inn at University Center Tuesday, May 6th, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    U.S. Senate candidate, Mark Harris, hugs Mary Francis Forrester after the election results came in at the Hilton Garden Inn at University Center Tuesday, May 6th, 2014. "This is just the beginning for Mark. There are great things destined for him. I am just sure of it," stated Forrester.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Tillis supporters Anne Clifford, Carlton Huffman and Nick Vaughn celebrate Thom Tillis' victory Tuesday evening for the Republican nomination over Greg Brannon and Mark Harris in the US Senate campaign at The Omni Hotel uptown.
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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Vince Coakley candidate for U.S. House District 12 (right), talks with David Jernigan of Charlotte (left) a supporter during a viewing party at Blue Restaurant in uptown Charlotte May 06,2014.
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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Vince Coakley candidate for U.S. House District 12 (right), talks with campaign volunteer Mark Brafford (left),during a viewing party at Blue Restaurant in uptown Charlotte May 06,2014.
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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    U.S. House District 12 candidate Malcolm Graham (Left) thanks campaign volunteer Donna Bias (right), campaign volunteer Arthdale Brown (center) during a election party at Tanner's Bistro in Uptown Charlotte May,06 2014.
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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    U.S. House District 12 candidate Malcolm Graham (Left) thanks campaign volunteer Arthdale Brown (right), during a election party at Tanner's Bistro in Uptown Charlotte May,06 2014.
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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    U.S. House District 12 candidate Malcolm Graham (Left) thanks campaign volunteer Miguel Perry (right), during a election party at Tanner's Bistro in Uptown Charlotte May,06 2014.
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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    U.S. House District 12 candidate Malcolm Graham (center) talks with a supporter during a election party at Tanner's Bistro in Uptown Charlotte May,06 2014.
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