Congressman Walter Jones wins nomination

Published 11:05 pm Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Twelve-term Rep. Walter Jones of the coastal 3rd District led Craven County Commissioner Scott Dacey and 2016 rival Phil Law in Tuesday’s primary election, according to partial results. With no Democrat running, the GOP nominee is a near shoe-in to win in the fall.

Jones, 75, said this would be his last race.

Dacey accused Jones, a deficit hawk opposed to the war in Iraq, of failing to support the president by voting against Trump’s tax overhaul and dismantling of the Affordable Care Act. Jones, who like his father before him has served the region in Congress for a quarter-century, said he stands on principle against expanding the national debt.