Linda Coleman, a former legislator and state personnel director, is on track to win her second Democratic nomination to run for lieutenant governor.
With nearly all precincts reporting, she has 51 percent of the vote, ahead of Buncombe County commissioner Holly Jones, who has 30 percent. Both campaigns raised more than one-quarter million dollars. In November, the winner faces incumbent Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, who ran unopposed in the Republican primary.
Coleman was the Democratic nominee for the office in 2012, when she lost in the general election to Forest by fewer than 7,000 votes.
Coleman served three terms in the state House of Representatives. She campaigned on a Democratic Party theme of undoing what the Republicans have done in North Carolina over the past five years. The state employees association’s political action committee endorsed her.
Robert Earl Wilson of Cary, a retired state government official, has 10 percent and Ronald Newton of Durham, a financial services firm owner, also has 10 percent.
Linda Coleman 50.82%
Holly Jones 29.32%
Ronald Newton 9.58%
Robert Earl Wilson 10.29%
2,053 of 2,709 precincts reporting