Voters will find out which Republican and Democratic candidates competing in contested primary races will run in this year's general elections after the polls close on Tuesday evening.
Primary Election Day polls are open on Tuesday, May 8 from 6:30 a.m. -- 7:30 p.m.
North Carolina is a semi-closed primary state, meaning Republicans and Democrats must vote in their party's primary elections, but unaffiliated voters can cast their ballots in either party's primary.
One of the most significant primary races for Eastern North Carolina residents is the 3rd Congressional District's Republican primary race. Congressman Walter Jones is facing two GOP challengers. No Democrat is running in the general election, meaning whoever wins that primary race will likely take the congressional seat. The district includes 17 counties in the region.