A security consultant from Beaufort County is the winner of the Republican primary runoff in the 12th Congressional District for the right to take on Democratic Rep. Mel Watt in the fall.
Greg Dority of Washington defeated Scott Cumbie in GOP runoff Tuesday.
With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Dority received 52 percent of the vote while Cumbie had 48 percent. He previously ran for Congress in the 1st Congressional District and for lieutenant governor.
Watt is the only person who has represented the 12th District since it was created after the 1990 census.
The 12th stretches along Interstate 85 from Charlotte to Winston-Salem.
Dority lives about three hours away from the district.
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