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Candidate garnered 76 percent of vote

One of the closest watched elections in the state was finally settled Wednesday night shortly after 10:30 p.m. With 98 of the state's 100 counties reporting, Mark Meadows was officially deemed victorious over Morganton businessman Vance Patterson in the Republican run-off election for North Carolina's 11th District Congressional Seat.

Meadows, a real-estate investor and businessman currently residing in Cashiers secured the Republican nomination for the November election after defeating Patterson with 17,427 votes, or 76 percent, to Patterson's 5,408.

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Visits Macon County Commissioners during July meeting

Sen. Jim Davis (R-50) visited Macon County Commissioners during their July meeting to give an update on the last session of the North Carolina General Assembly.

According to Davis, as he promised while originally campaigning for the seat he now holds, he wanted to visit county commissioners in each of the eight counties he represents during their board meetings, a task, that according to Davis, no other sitting legislator has ever done.

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The 11th Congressional District Democratic Party has announced that all four women on the Council of State and the Party’s candidate for Lt. Governor will be coming to Western North Carolina on Saturday, Aug. 11 for two major rallies.

The McDowell County Courthouse in Marion will be the first stop on these candidates’ swing through the mountains with festivities beginning at 10:30 a.m. In the afternoon they will travel to Sylva where rally activities start at 3:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the historic Jackson County Courthouse.

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Duke now the largest electric power company in U.S.

Duke Energy Corporation Tuesday confirmed the closing of its previously announced merger with Progress Energy Inc., effective July 2, 2012.

The new company will be known as Duke Energy and will remain headquartered in Charlotte, with substantial operations in Raleigh, N.C. Duke Energy will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.

In accordance with the terms of the merger agreement, Progress Energy Inc. has become a wholly owned direct subsidiary of Duke Energy, creating the country’s largest electric utility as measured by enterprise value, market capitalization, generation assets, customers and numerous other criteria.

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