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The 2022 midterm elections are the first of the Biden era. They're also the first since the 2020 census, which means there are new congressional districts. There are U.S. Senate races in the Carolinas as well, along with many state and local races.

Beasley and Budd win NC’s U.S. Senate primaries

Cheri Beasley and Ted Budd
Former N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and Rep. Ted Budd win their party's nominations for U.S. Senate. 

Voters have narrowed down the candidates in North Carolina’s closely watched U.S. Senate race. Democrat Cheri Beasley soared the top of her party’s crowded primary, and Ted Budd won in the GOP primary.

Beasley and Budd will face Libertarian Shannon Bray and any independent candidates in November for the general election.

Beasley is the former chief justice of the state Supreme Court. If elected in November, she’ll be the first Black woman to represent North Carolina in the U.S. Senate. She had more than 84% of the vote at 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to preliminary results from the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

Budd is a third-term member of the U.S. House who was endorsed by former President Trump. Budd had 56.5% of the vote Tuesday at 8 p.m., rising to the top of a crowded field that included former Gov. Pat McCrory and former U.S. Rep. Mark Walker.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

See more results from the May 17 North Carolina primary here

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