CAL CUNNINGHAM WINS DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY FOR U.S. SENATE: Former N.C. state Sen. Cal Cunningham defeated state Sen. Erica Smith in the Democratic primary election for U.S. Senate and will face incumbent Republican Thom Tillis in a race that could decide which party controls the chamber. Cunningham, a lawyer and former Army prosecutor from Lexington, was declared the winner by The Associated Press at about 8:40 p.m. Smith, a high school teacher and engineer from Northampton County, was seeking to become the first black U.S. senator from the state. Cunningham was holding steady at about 57% of the vote to 35% for Smith when AP called the race. Mecklenburg County Commissioner Trevor Fuller, Raleigh physician Atul Goel and Steve Swenson of Bunnlevel trailed in the single digits.
BLACK REPUBLICAN GUN-NUT WINS GOP LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR PRIMARY: Robinson looked like he'd take the Republican race without a runoff. He had 32.5 percent of the vote with 98 percent of precincts reporting. Robinson, who is black, said there's a false narrative about racism in the Republican Party. "We've allowed other people to dictate the narrative and tell the story," he said. "I've not seen any racism in the Republican Party the whole time I've been in it." Robinson generated buzz nearly two years ago with a speech before the Greensboro City Council, which was considering canceling a gun show in the months after a high school shooting in Parkland, Fla. He promised to "raise hell just like these loonies from the left do until you listen to the majority of the people in this city."
JOE BIDEN SCORES BIG ON SUPER TUESDAY: The former vice president swept to victory in Democratic primary contests across the country, from New England to the Atlantic seaboard swing states, from the Upper Midwest to the Deep South. His coalition was broad, with black voters, women, older and college-educated voters all drawn to his campaign. Biden’s stunning performance cemented a remarkable turnabout, remaking the Democratic presidential primary with head-spinning speed. A candidate once on the brink of collapse, Biden is now a favorite for his party’s nomination. “I’m here to report, we are very much alive,” Biden declared at a raucous rally in Los Angeles. California, the night’s biggest prize, was one of the few states Biden lost to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. But Biden picked off Texas, the second-biggest state up for grabs, as well as eight other contests. His victories in Virginia and North Carolina, two crucial general-election states, were particularly decisive.
TRUMP MOCKS JEFF SESSIONS FOR FAILING TO AVOID RUNOFF: President Trump on Wednesday knocked Jeff Sessions, his former attorney general, for being forced into a runoff Tuesday in his Republican primary bid to recapture his Senate seat in Alabama. Sessions, who angered Trump for recusing himself from the investigation into Russian election interference, will face former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville in the runoff after falling well short of the majority vote he needed to win the GOP nomination outright. “This is what happens to someone who loyally gets appointed Attorney General of the United States & then doesn’t have the wisdom or courage to stare down & end the phony Russia Witch Hunt,” Trump tweeted. “Recuses himself on FIRST DAY in office, and the Mueller Scam begins!” Trump was referring to the investigation of former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
WAKE COUNTY MAN WITH CORONAVIRUS VISITED WASHINGTON STATE LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY: A man in Wake County has tested positive for coronavirus, Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday. It is North Carolina’s first case of the new illness. The man is in isolation at home, Cooper said, and "is doing well." The patient recently traveled to Washington state and was exposed to a longterm care facility that has had numerous cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19. Nine people have died from the illness in Washington state, all in the Seattle area. Washington state officials have reported 27 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The Wake County patient traveled through Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Feb. 22, airport officials said. The patient was not experiencing symptoms at the time, and "there was no identifiable risk from this case to other travelers," officials said.