NC starts 2nd primary contest to decide winners

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Most North Carolina voters may be unaware, but votes are already being cast in elections to decide the November lineups competing for 15 statewide, congressional and legislative seats.

Call it the North Carolina primary, take two.

The second primary will decide the winners of Republican or Democratic contests that weren't concluded by last month's primary. Voters go back to the polls July 17 to complete the state's primary election. But early voting began Thursday and continues until July 14.

All but three of the runoff races involve Republicans.

State elections board executive director Gary Bartlett says outside of the Charlotte metro area and the mountains where there are three competitive Republican congressional primaries, many voting precincts will get turnout below 10 percent.

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