Five NC House incumbents lose in primaries
RALEIGH, North Carolina: The legislative primaries held on May 4 saw five House incumbents lose to challengers while all Senate incumbents won their primaries. The five who lost included 4 Democrats - Reps. Nick Mackey, D. Bruce Goforth, Ronnie Sutton, and Earl Jones - and one Republican - Rep. Pearl Burris Floyd.
Mackey, a first-term Representative, lost to challenger Rodney Moore. One day prior to the race, a North Carolina State Bar panel suspended Mackey's law license for three years after finding him guilty of committing misconduct.
Goforth, who has served 4 terms, lost to Patsy Keever by 60%-40%. Sutton, a nine term House member, was defeated 51%-49% by Charles Graham, a special education director. Jones lost to Marcus Brandon, and Pearl Burris Floyd, the only black Republican in the legislature, lost to Kelly Hastings, a real estate agent.