Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 13, 2014

Basham wins Mercer County Commission primary, will face Puckett in November

BLUEFIELD — Terry Basham won the Democratic primary Tuesday in the closely-watched Mercer County Commission race and will now face Republican Greg Puckett this November.

With 49 of 49 precincts reporting, Basham led four challengers in the race for the Democratic nomination and was the apparent winner Tuesday with 1,133 votes, according to unofficial returns.

Phillip B. Ball was a close second with 1,006 votes followed by 477 votes for Robert W. “Bob” Carter; John Sommers, 299, ; and Lyle Cottle, 213

Basham was appointed last October to fill the interim commission vacancy created by the death of Joe Coburn

Puckett, who ran unopposed for the Republican nomination, won with 1,241 votes.

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