RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A statewide election is getting under way though most North Carolina voters may be unaware.
Early voting begins Thursday for the state's second primary election. The one-stop voting option continues until July 14, with election day on July 17.
The second primary will decide the winners of Republican or Democratic contests that weren't concluded by last month's primary.
Runoffs include three congressional races, five statewide contests, four state Senate seats, and three state House races. All but three of those will be between Republicans, whose many hotly contested races are the reason for the unusually high number of primaries this year.
The statewide contests involve Republicans deciding their candidates for lieutenant governor, insurance commissioner, secretary of state, and superintendent of public instruction. Democrats must pick their candidate for labor commissioner.
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