Walter Jones was on his way to winning a 10th term to the U.S. House.
Republican Walter Jones won his 10th term to the U.S. House, easily defeating a Democratic challenger with no real political experience.
In unofficial returns, Jones had 192,967 votes (63 percent), while opponent Erik Anderson had 112,529 votes (37 percent).
“I look forward to trying to do the right thing for our nation to stop spending money that we don’t have,” Jones said from Farmville as he was watching election returns.
Representing a district that includes Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune, Jones said his main focus would be to push for a withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan earlier than the planned 2014 withdrawal. He has a petition on his website that he hopes with enough signatures will pressure Congress and President Barack Obama to act.
“I am going to continue to work to bring our troops home so we no longer have our young men and women dying and losing limbs,” he said. “That will continue to be a big drumbeat of mine.”
He said he felt that a move would be made to pass a resolution delaying sequestration – the equivalent to across the board budget cuts – once the election is over.
“I want to thank everyone and let them know that I will continue to represent the people of the third district,” he said.
Beyond pushing for fiscal responsibility and withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, Jones’ campaign message included less federal involvement in matters such as education and offshore drilling. He advocated that those issues should be left up to states and supported Obama when he allowed states to opt out of No Child Left Behind.
Jones, from Farmville, served in the N.C. House from 1983 to 1995 before being elected to Congress, where he serves on the House Armed Services Committee.
Anderson, who spent five years in the Marine Corps, ran a grassroots campaign and said he fought Jones’ early support on wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and said that Jones has now seen the errors of that early support. He said the worst threat to the economy is a failed energy policy, and stressed that solar and wind energy would create jobs in the region and stressed his opposition to offshore drilling.
Anderson, who has degrees from Craven Community College and East Carolina, was seeking to hold his first elected office.