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GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton has edged former US Rep. Bob Etheridge in the Democratic primary for North Carolina governor, setting up a general election race with Republican Pat McCrory.

Dalton had 46 percent of the vote compared to 38 percent for Etheridge with about two-thirds of the precincts reporting unofficial results in the six-candidate primary. Dalton had enough to avoid a runoff – the threshold is above 40 percent. State Rep. Bill Faison was a distant third at 6 percent.

Dalton is a Rutherfordton attorney and former state senator who was elected lieutenant governor in 2008. He got in the governor’s race when incumbent Beverly Perdue decided not to seek re-election.

McCrory lapped the field of five other candidates in Tuesday’s Republican primary, receiving more than 83 percent of the vote.

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5/8/2012 9:54:39 PM (GMT -4:00)

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