GOP congressional candidates on sanctuary cities, gun control, abortion

GOP congressional candidates on sanctuary cities, gun control, abortion

Candidates for the Republican nomination in the 11th Congressional District pose before a forum on Jan. 25 at AB Tech in Asheville. EDITOR’S NOTE: Candidates’ responses are from a Jan. 25 Republican Party forum at AB-Tech except for Wayne King, who was absent. King emailed responses at the Lightning’s request. Matthew Burril, who is listed on the ballot, dropped out of the race. Q. Under North Carolina law, if the first place candidate wins less than 30 percent of the total vote plus 1, the runner-up can call for a runoff election. If you finished second, would you call for a runoff or concede? Albert Wiley Jr.: “I would have to see what all the parameters are. If I were tied, so to speak, I’d like to look at their credentials and see if they share what I think are the important values.” Steven Fekete Jr.: “It’s a little too vague for me about things that might happen. Keep going down until somebody wins.” Vance Patterson: “I have experience with this. In 2012, there were 11 candidates (in the Republican primary for this seat). I came in second to Mark Meadows and I started getting phone calls, ‘You need to get out.’ And I got endorsements from some of the other candidates. The real issue was, I wasn’t worried about the party, I’m sorry. I was worried about the people that were supporting me, the ones that had voted for me, the ones that had worked for me. Asking […]

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