Lots of national attention is being given - correctly - to the results from North Carolina's 9th Congressional district, where incumbent Republican Robert Pittinger's loss and Democrat Dan McCready's 83% performance in his first ever primary election have put the Charlotte-based district on everyone's November radar. Of the primary challengers in North Carolina, McCready's was the largest margin of victory, but he wasn't the only one to post an impressive win in his electoral debut.
28 year old Ryan Watts, running in the 6th district (Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Guilford, Lee, Person, Randolph, and Rockingham Counties), defeated his primary opponent 77%-22%, a margin usually reserved for incumbents running against unknown challengers. He won every county in the district, and his margin was consistent across all voting methods.
“I think it shows that we are extremely organized, and we have a lot of people that are ready to not only help us get elected, but to get better leaders elected,” Watts said in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “I feel there are a lot of people who are not happy with [incumbent] Mark [Walker].”