A winner has been declared in the NC House District 28 Democratic primary. Patricia Oliver of Selma was declared the winner Thursday night after provisional ballots were added to the vote total from the March 15th primary.
Oliver defeated Jimmie Massengill of Four Oaks by 54 votes, 3,068 to 3,014. After the polls closed on March 15th she held a 47-vote lead.
The Board of Elections had planned to certify the provisional ballots on Tuesday but the meeting was cancelled after one of the 3 board members called in sick and was unable to attend. That prompted Tuesday’s meeting to officially approve the vote totals to be postponed until 4:00pm Thursday. Due to some computer problems, it took several hours before the winner was declared last night.
Oliver will now face Larry Strickland of Pine Level, the winner of the Republican Primary, on November 8th for the NC House seat being vacated this year by retiring lawmaker J.H. Langdon of McGee’s Crossroads.