Primary elections could draw record crowds
The 2012 Primary Election Season has finally caught up to North Carolina and Moore County. Voters are going to the polls possibly in record numbers, thanks to a ballot referendum that will determine whether a ban on so-called homosexual marriage will survive as a constitutional amendment. Such a ban already exists in North Carolina’s general statutes. As an amendment the ban could not be overturned simply by judicial or legislative fiat. The language of the amendment provides that marriage provides that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state. A primary contest of special interest to Moore County Voters is who will be the republican choice to replace Harris Blake as its representative in the state senate. No democrat has filed for the seat os it will go either to the Randolph County Incumbent Jerry Tillman, or to one of two republicans challenging Tillman, John Marcum of Pinehurst and Tommy Davis of Aberdeen. During redistricting Moore County was moved from the 22nd Senatorial District ot the 29th which includes all of Moore and most of Randolph County. Also of interest to Moore County Voters is the presence of Richard Morgan on the primary ballot. The 59-year-old retired insurance executive hails from Eagle Springs and is no stranger to statewide politics. He was elected to the house in 1990 and served until 2004 when Morgan alienated the G-O-P Establishment which orchestrated his defeat in the primary. Four years ago Morgan won the primary for the office of state superintendent of public instruction but lost in the general election. This time around Morgan is seeking the office of North Carolina Insurance Commissioner.