Butterfield holds off primary challenger

May. 07, 2014 @ 02:13 AM

Incumbent U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield easily withstood the challenge of Henderson’s Dan Whittacre in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

The District 1 seat in Washington was won by Butterfield with 81 percent of the votes.

The Republican primary for District 1 was captured by Arthur Rich, who had 51 percent of the vote against Brent Shypulefski.

In the state’s crowded 6th Congressional district, Laura Fjeld won the Democratic primary and Phil Berger Jr. took the Republican side. Fjeld had 56 percent of the vote against Bruce Davis. Berger’s 34 percent led nine candidates, with Mark Walker next closest with 25 percent.

In the state’s 13th Congressional district, three Democrats battled to see who would face Republican George Holding in November. Brenda Cleary captured 70 percent of the vote to easily top Virginia Conlon and Arunava (Ron) Sanyal.

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