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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Three candidates passed the 20-percent threshold to win the Republican nomination for New Hanover County Commission, but only two can advance.

Sitting New Hanover County School Board member Derrick Hickey and Skip Watkins finished in the top two spots.

“This is one of the most exciting things I have ever done. So far, the citizens of New Hanover County are making it worth my while,” said Watkins, who narrowly missed out on winning a seat on the Wilmington City Council last fall.

Chuck Kays finished just a couple hundred votes behind in third in the ten-man race.

Democrats Patricia Spear and Rob Zapple await Hickey and Watkins in November.

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