Mar 6, 2024 - News

North Carolina's 13th Congressional District heading to a runoff

A sign outside a polling station in Fuquay-Varina on March 5, 2024. Photo: Allison Joyce/Bloomberg via Getty Images

North Carolina's 13th Congressional District, which includes parts of suburban Wake County, is heading to a runoff.

Why it matters: The district attracted more than a dozen candidates in the March 5 GOP primary, after it was redrawn to be more favorable for Republicans and incumbent Rep. Wiley Nickel, a Democrat, decided not to run.

Driving the news: Brad Knott, a former federal prosecutor from Raleigh, called for the runoff on Wednesday after finishing second in the Republican primary with 18.7% of the vote.

  • Kelly Daughtry, a Smithfield attorney, finished first, with 27.4% of the vote. The threshold needed to avoid a runoff is 30%.

What's next: The decision will pit Knott against Daughtry in a May 14 runoff election.

  • The winner would then face Frank Pierce, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, in November.

State of play: The 13th district touches the the northern and southeastern parts of Wake County and includes counties like Johnston, Harnett and Franklin.

  • Daughtry raised the most money in the district, with $2.1 million, according to election filings.
  • Knott raised the third most at $736,000.

Go deeper: More March 5 primary results from around the Triangle


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