Bryan cruising, DA’s race a tight one

jwhitfield@newsobserver.comMay 6, 2014 

— Voters here are apparently satisfied with the job their county commissioner is doing.

County commissioner Joe Bryan is winning his primary battle against a political upstart, laying claim to nearly 70 percent of the vote.

With nearly 95 percent of Wake County’s precincts reporting, Bryan, a former Knightdale mayor, held a 25,800 - 7,762 over Fred Puryear in the Republican primary for the District 2 seat on the Wake board.

Since there is no Democratic challenger, the winner of today’s race will fill the seat.

In other races of local interest, Lorrin Freeman is winning the Democratic nomination for Wake District Attorney with a 58-42 percent edgeover Boz Zellinger, while Jeff Cruden holds a slim lead over John Walter Bryant in the Republican primary. Less than 500 votes separate the two men. With just 33 percent for Cruden, neither candidate has enough votes to be declared the outright winner, meaning there will be a runoff to secure the Republican nomination.

Wendell attorney Allen Swaim is in fourth place in that race with 11.1 percent of the votes cast.

In races drawing national interest, Kay Hagan is cruising to the Democratic nomination to keep her seat in the U.S. Senate over token opposition. The fiercest battle is on the Republican side where Speaker of the House Thom Tillis holds a narrow lead over Greg Brannon, 41-38 percent Tillis needs to win at leat 40 percent of the vote statewide in order to avoid a runoff.

Whitfield: 919-829-4823; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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