Costly Kinston Primary

A $20,000 election for only 1,745 voters in Kinston? For some, those numbers don't add up.

The city of Kinston held its Democratic primary Tuesday. Two city council seats and an open spot for the mayoral race were on the ballot. But It's an election the city of Kinston didn't want to have. A decision made by the Department of Justice forced the Lenoir County Board of Elections to hurry up and make the primary possible.

Up until August 17th, city officials were under the impression there wouldn't be partisan elections after a vote by the people to do away with them. But the U.S. Justice Department overruled the people's vote amid claims that minorities couldn't get a fair shake.

Here are the election results. Jimmy Cousins with 932 votes wins the Democratic nomination for the mayoral race. He will face Republican B.J Murphy and Unaffiliated nominee Earl Harper this November.

Bobby Merritt and incumbent Robert Swinson take the two Democratic city council seats.

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