06/24/08 — BREAKING NEWS - State Senate District 5 runoff results

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BREAKING NEWS - State Senate District 5 runoff results

By Matthew Whittle
Published in News on June 24, 2008 9:33 PM

Winning more than 62 percent of the vote Tuesday, Snow Hill Mayor Don Davis defeated Kathy Taft for the Democratic nomination for the state Senate District 5 seat.

Davis, who was running against Ms. Taft in a second primary after falling just short of the 40 percent needed to win outright during the first contest in Mary, will face state Rep. Louis Pate, R-Wayne, in November.

The pair will be facing off to determine who will step into the seat currently held by retiring state Sen. John Kerr, D-Wayne.

Davis carried the day Tuesday by winning handily in two of the district’s three counties – more than 77 percent of the vote in Wayne and more than 73 percent of the vote in Greene.

Ms. Taft, who is from Greenville and is a member of the state Board of Education, won Pitt County with slightly more than 59 percent of the vote.

For more on Tuesday night’s Democratic state Senate District 5 runoff between Don Davis and Kathy Taft, see Wednesday’s News-Argus.