Yes, Tuesday is primary day in North Carolina, not a general election. But Durham voters will very likely select a new state senator.
Because city voters favor Democrats by wide margins, whoever wins that party’s primary for state Senate District 20 will likely take a seat in the General Assembly.
Three candidates are competing for the office, which former state Sen. Floyd McKissick vacated in January after six terms in Raleigh.
At top: District 20 Democratic contenders Gray Ellis, Pierce Freelon and Natalie Murdock, left to right, after a recent candidate forum at Duke University. Photo by Corey Pilson.