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May 9, 2014

Burr beats Asciutto for N.C. House

Thursday, May 8, 2014 — For the second election running, incumbent Justin Burr beat out opposition in the Republican primary to be named the party’s candidate for the 67th District N.C. House representative.

Unofficial results say Burr pushed out challenger Peter Asciutto by just over 1,000 votes, or 59 percent of the vote in Stanly County’s primary.

He won with 917 votes, more than 80 percent of the vote in the 67th District’s other county, Montgomery, bringing in a grand total of 4,300 votes, or 65 percent of the vote.

Burr defeated Republican challenger Darrell Almond by a similar margin in the 2012 primary.

“It’s a pretty good margin,” Burr said at the Republican headquarters in Albemarle Tuesday night.

“I think it speaks volumes to the fact that I’ve kept my word to folks and been able to accomplish a lot of good things.”

Burr attributed his success to an informed electorate seeking a conservative candidate.

“I’m grateful for their support and it’s certainly encouraging,” Burr said.

“I’m excited and looking forward to the (general) election.”

On the other end of the table, Asciutto said he won’t let the primary results faze him.

“In life you have victories and defeats, but life goes on,” Asciutto said.

“This isn’t the first or the last time there will be setbacks.”

While Asciutto said he felt like he ran an aggressive and informative campaign, having to rely heavily on newspapers for campaigning in Montgomery County may have hurt him there, he said.

“Either they didn’t like what they read or they read something they liked better,” Asciutto said.

“However it is, we gave it a good run. I had a lot of great support and I’ll sleep well tonight.”

Asciutto has not yet decided if he’ll run in the House primary again in 2016.

In the meantime, Burr will face Democrat Nalin Mehta in November’s general election.

Mehta was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

To submit story ideas, contact Shannon Beamon at (704) 982-2121 ext. 24 or at shannon@stanlynewspress.com.

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