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N.C. Postpones May Primaries

March 12, 2002

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ The state Board of Elections on Tuesday called off all of North Carolina’s May primary elections, including a U.S. Senate race and 13 congressional contests.

The postponed elections include the primary to nominate candidates to succeed outgoing Republican Sen. Jesse Helms.

The board did not immediately set a new date.

Last week, the North Carolina Supreme Court halted all state legislative primaries set for May 7 because of a lower-court ruling that the newly drawn legislative districts were unconstitutional.

On Tuesday, the five-member elections board voted unanimously to delay all elections that had been set for that date, saying multiple primary dates could hurt voter turnout and add to state and county expenses.

GOP legislators had sued over the redistricting plan, saying Democratic legislative leaders unconstitutionally split counties in drawing new districts.

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