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Amendment One support heavy in Rowan, state

With all precincts reported, Rowan County residents have apparently helped approve a constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman.
Meanwhile, the primaries for the Republican and Democratic candidates for Rowan County Board of Commissioners appear headed for runoffs.
Rowan residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of the amendment with 74 percent for it and 26 percent against.
With 90 counties reporting at least partially, the statewide vote is so far about 61 percent in favor and 39 percent opposed, according to the N.C. State Board of Elections.
The Associated Press is calling the result, reporting that voters have approved the amendement.
In the race to set the fall ballot for two open seats on the Rowan County Board of Commissioners, former board member Gus Andrews finished atop the GOP?field of nine candidates with 18.9 percent of the vote while Gene Miller is second with 16.9 percent, Mike Caskey is third with 15.2 percent and Craig Pierce is fourth with 14.4 percent. Since no candidate finished with more than 20 percent of the vote, either Caskey or Pierce, or both, could call for a runoff.
Among six Democrats vying for county commissioner, Leda Shuping Belk, also a former board member, came out on top with 27.3 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff. Ralph Walton is second with 17.5 percent of the vote and Cory Hill third with 16.4 percent. A runoff could include Walton and Hill.
Fred Steen, the former Landis mayor and state representative, has apparently lost in his bid for a shot at the 8th Congressional District. Steen took Rowan County with 38 percent of the vote, but with six of the 12 counties in the district reporting, he is in fourth place among five candidates. Richard Hudson is leading across the district with Scott Keadle second in a potential runoff matchup. 
In the race for the Republican nomination in the 76th House District — the seat Steen is vacating to run for Congress — County Commissioner Carl Ford has won handily over Dr. Eric Troyer, taking nearly 74 percent of the vote.
In the race for governor, Pat McCrory has captured the GOP nomination and Walter Dalton the Democratic bid.

Check back for updates throughout the evening.

For the latest reporters’ tweets from the field, log on to http://twitter.com/#!/salisburypost/reporters

For complete results, log on to the Rowan Board of Elections website at http://www.rowancountync.gov/GOVERNMENT/Departments/BoardofElections/2012PrimaryResults.aspx

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