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February 10, 2016

North Carolina Runoff Results: Phil Berger Jr. Loses Nod (Video)

North Carolina Runoff Results

Coble endorsed Berger to succeed him in Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Baptist Pastor Mark Walker defeated Rockingham District Attorney Phil Berger Jr. Tuesday to win the Republican nomination in North Carolina’s open 6th District.

Walker garnered 57 percent to Berger’s 43 percent, with 59 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.

The 6th District is open this cycle because GOP Rep. Howard Coble is retiring.

Coble, 83, initially stayed out of the Republican primary, opting to let voters choose from the nine Republican candidates vying for the nomination. But when none of the candidates received the necessary 40 percent to avoid a runoff, Coble waded into the race, throwing his support behind Berger.

GOP operatives in the state thought Coble’s endorsement and subsequent presence on the trail would help Berger win Tuesday’s runoff.

But as results came in, GOP operatives said they were surprised at the margin, saying flash-flooding in Berger’s home county and low turnout overall could have played a role in Berger’s loss.

Similarly, GOP operatives say Walker’s ties to Lawndale Baptist Church and its thousands of congregants also helped to secure his win on Tuesday.

Walker now moves on to face former University of North Carolina administrator Laura Fjeld, the Democratic nominee.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried the district with 58 percent in 2012, making it an uphill climb for Fjeld in November.

North Carolina’s 6th District is rated a Safe Republican contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Truth Happens

    Another one bites the dust. Mark is opposed to all forms of immigration amnesty. GOP oldies blame church members for RINO establishment’s loss. Sore losers.

  • UnaffiliatedVoter

    Please support Americans for LEGAL Immigration based in Rawleigh… they need our support now more than ever!

  • Layla

    GOP think all but themselves are responsible. They think people will chose them as an alternative to socialist/communist Democrats. What they don’t understand is that they are going to be removed for their complicity in all this, for not standing up and keeping their Constitutional Oaths of office.

    For each day those borders are open, more in Congress will lose seats. Both sides.

  • bobby poon

    Jr. lost because Sr. was in Raleigh making a fool of himself with the budget.

  • cooldela1966

    A Baptist preacher vs. a former UNC administrator.

    That will be a heaven vs. hell contest for sure.

    Can you imagine a UNC administrator in Congress. Talk about gridlock.

  • NB Forrest

    Coble was a dirtbag democrat wanna be!

  • stevenharnack

    More proof that Republicans and Radical Islamists are simply two sides of the same coin. Who wants Christian Imams running our government? Republicans of course Or maybe someone can convince me that a Baptist minister can keep his religious views out of my government?

  • Beatrice Pryor

    While some claim that majority rule is absolute, the liberty school knows that legitimate power is not derived from fleeting opinions.

  • Len Ear

    Those still preaching from collectivism’s altar have abandoned Marxism for the Fabian strategy of small steps toward centralized control.

  • Orej Eeenal

    Where liberty thrives, our livelihood depends upon the usefulness of our unique talents, skills, and capabilities rather than the merits of our efforts as judged by those who rule over us.

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