A spokesman for the State Board of Elections says voting is going smoothly with minor delays reported in three counties.
Board spokesman Josh Lawson says power or connection problems caused minor delays early Tuesday at one precinct each in Guilford, Alamance and Stanly counties. Although each delay was short, Lawson says the board likely will meet later today to decide whether to extend voting at the affected precincts.
He didn't have an estimate yet for how many people have voted so far.
North Carolina voters are choosing their parties' candidates for a competitive U.S. Senate seat, the state Supreme Court and dozens of other state and federal offices.
Local election workers planned to open more than 2,700 precinct locations for Tuesday's primary election. Eight Republicans are seeking their party's nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan. She has her own primary against two lesser-known opponents. The Libertarians also are choosing a Senate nominee.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Robin Hudson had two challengers for her seat. The top two-vote getters advance to the November election. In partisan races, a leading candidate needs more than 40 percent of the vote to avoid a summer runoff.
More than 259,000 cast ballots in person during the early-voting period.
WITN has been reporting on races from all across Eastern Carolina, and will have updates for you here and on WITN-TV as they come in.
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The May primary has arrived.
The polls opened across North Carolina at 6:30 a.m. for the May primary. Some races will be decided today; others will set the stage for the November general election.
Polls remain open until 7:30 p.m.
One of the items on ballots today include the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. The winner will challenge Democrat Kay Hagan in November. There are eight people on the ballot in this race, which makes a runoff possible. The top candidate needs more than 40 percent support of the voters to avoid a runoff.
Several counties also have sheriffs races on their ballots today, along with county commissioners and clerk of court races.
Once the returns start coming in, rely on WITN and WITN.com to bring you comprehensive election coverage, including interviews with the candidates.
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