Incumbents keep U.S. House seats
Two incumbents with about 30 years of political service collectively retained their seats in the U.S. House of Representatives according to unofficial election results.
Republican Walter B. Jones will continue to represent District 3 as he has since 1995. Democrat G.K. Butterfield will continue to represent District 1 as he has since 2004.
As of about 10:15 p.m. and with 237 of 289 precincts reporting, Butterfield had about 74 percent of the vote, with 133,618 of the 180,933 total votes. Butterfield’s challenger, Arthur Rich, had about 47,315 votes, or about 26 percent.
Jones had 131,036, or about 68 percent, of the total 191,616 votes cast with 222 of 242 precincts reporting as of about 10:15 p.m.
Marshall Adame, the democrat who challenged Jones, had 60,580, or about 32 percent of the total.
Jones and Butterfield also won their races with Pitt County voters.
Butterfield had 7,710 votes, or about 77 percent of the total 10,044 cast for District 1 in the county.
Jones had 22,841 votes, or about 67 percent of the total 34,271 cast for District 3 in the county.
Results were unofficial and will be officially announced after the canvas on Nov. 14.
Butterfield said he was pleased with the outcome of his race.
“I’ve served 10 years in the House and I think the people of the 1st District know my sincerity and my commitment to improving the quality of life in our region,” he said. “I’m not surprised because I campaigned and I campaigned hard.”
For Jones, Tuesday evening was a humbling experience.
“Truthfully it is just as humbling today as it was 20 years ago when you think that the majority give you their vote because they trust you to go to Washington to make the difficult decisions,” Jones said. “And I think 2015 will be one of the most difficult years.”
Jones said he gives “credit to God first and my staff in Greenville and Washington, I have excellent staff to help serve eastern North Carolina.”