Originally by WCTI and The Associated Press

March 15, 2016

The race to succeed Roy Cooper as North Carolina attorney general will be between two sitting state senators.

Democrat Josh Stein and Republican Buck Newton won their primaries Tuesday, turning back competitive rivals. With most precincts reporting, both Stein and Newton held 10 percentage-point leads over their primary rivals. Stein ran against Marcus Williams of Lumberton and Newton competed against Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O'Neill.

Stein spent eight years as Cooper's deputy for consumer protection before being elected to the Senate in 2008. Newton is a Wilson attorney who leads a key Senate judiciary committee.

Cooper won the Democratic gubernatorial primary on Tuesday.