Landslide wins mark Bladen, Columbus sheriff primaries

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Election

While a lot of attention during primary season has been focused on the battle for the open Pender County Sheriff’s seat, a couple of other sheriffs in southeastern North Carolina found themselves facing primary challenges.

In Bladen County, Republican Jim McVicker is seeking a second four-year term as the county’s top lawman. He took a big step toward that goal Tuesday taking nearly 85 percent of the vote in his race against Billy Ward.

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McVicker will face Democrat Hakeem Brown in the general election this fall. Brown had almost as easy a time in his primary by getting 79 percent of the vote against Gary Edwards.

In Columbus County, the pair of primaries for sheriff were also blowouts.

Incumbent Lewis Hatcher is also going for a second full term. He got 82 percent of the vote over Tim Floyd.

Hatcher will now face Republican challenger Jody Greene, who won 85 percent of the GOP vote against Mark Lewis.