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Winner of GOP contest in NC promoted outsider role

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By EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The former Baptist minister who knocked off the son of one of North Carolina's most powerful politicians for the GOP nomination in a Republican-leaning congressional district has cultivated an outsider's image.

Catawba College political science professor Michael Bitzer said Wednesday that helped Mark Walker beat Phil Berger Jr. since voters distrust politicians. Walker easily beat the Rockingham County District Attorney on Tuesday for the GOP nomination in the 6th Congressional District.

Walker campaigned as a common man compared to Berger, the son of state Senate leader Phil Berger.

The State Board of Elections says just 10 percent of the eligible Republican and independent voters in the district turned out. Runoff primaries held in 37 of the state's 100 counties on Tuesday attracted 6 percent of eligible voters overall.

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