by Billy Ball
Early results in Congress races showed mixed results for both parties Tuesday night.
As expected, longtime U.S. Rep. David Price was on course to easily best his opponent Tuesday, picking up 75 percent of the vote in heavily left-leaning U.S. House District 4 with most precincts reporting. His underdog opponent, Republican Paul Wright, had mustered just 24 percent of the vote.
Incumbent Democrat G.K. Butterfield, a voting rights attorney from Wilson, appeared bound for victory against his GOP challenger, Sampson County accountant Arthur Rich, in the race for U.S. House District 1. With more than half of precincts reporting, Butterfield holds 75 percent of the vote and he seems bound for a sixth term in Congress.
And in U.S. House 6, Greensboro minister and Republican candidate Mark Walker was likely to beat Laura Fjeld, a strong pro-public schools Democrat running in a right-leaning district. With more than half of precincts reporting, Walker tallied 58 percent of the vote to Fjeld's 41 percent.