Election brings big headlines and familiar names
Richard Morgan is back, John Marcum is not, and the marriage amendment wins easily in the battleground state of North Carolina. Yesterday’s primary elections yielded few surprises, although Moore County’s Morgan, who led comfortably in the polls, barely survived a stiff challenge in the republican primary. Nevertheless, the 59-year-old Retired Eagle Springs insurance Broker won the right to meet Incumbent Insurance Commissioner, Democrat Wayne Goodwin, a formidable opponent, in November. Goodwin had no primary opposition. Pinehurst’s Marcum hoped to dethrone Republican Incumbent Jerry Tillman in the state 29th Senatorial District. But the power of incumbency proved to be an overwhelming obstacle for Marcum. Renee Elmers, seeking her second term representing District 2 in the U-S house Of Representatives, won her primary and will take on Democrat Steve Wilkins of Southern Pines in November. Morgan you may remember, made a previous attempt at becoming State Insurance Commissioner. In 1984 he lost ot Democrat Jim Long, but managed to still get 46-percent of the vote. Morgan eventually served 16 years representing Moore County in the North Carolina House. The Marriage Amendment, considered a pivotal issue in judging President Obama’s re-election chances in what is considered a tossup state easily won ratification in a statewide referendum. The key to victory? What hostile organizations working against its passage failed to do was succeed in branding those who rose up in support of the amendment as bigots. Statewide, the marriage amendmen t won with 61 percent of the vote. In Moore County the margin of victory was even greater, 68 to 31 percent. The amendmen t provides that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in the state.