LUMBERTON — Bobbie Jacobs-Ghaffar has suspended her race for the state Senate District 13 seat, according to information provided by her Democratic opponent.
John Campbell sent a statement to The Robesonian on Monday that said Jacobs-Ghaffar has thrown her support behind him. The Robesonian was unable to reach Jacobs-Ghaffar, who told the newspaper last week she was still a candidate, but the statement included a comment from her confirming her withdrawal.
The Robesonian has been told by multiple sources she would end her campaign, though her name will appear on the ballot.
Campbell and Jacobs-Ghaffar were to face off in the May 8 primary to see who would run against Sen. Danny Britt Jr., the Republican District 13 incumbent, in the General Election on Nov. 6.
Jacobs-Ghaffar has filed no paperwork to end her candidacy for the Senate seat, G.L. Pridgen, director of the Robeson County Board of Elections, said Monday. The deadline to drop out of a primary race was Feb. 25, he said. The primary ballots already have been printed.
“It’s too late to change the ballot,” Pridgen said.
“We have a special chance this year to bring new, Democratic leadership to Robeson and Columbus counties but only if we come together unified as a party,” Jacobs-Ghaffar wrote in a statement. “After talking with friends and family and concerned voters across the district, I realize that the best way forward for those looking for change is to unify and get behind a strong Democratic ticket. Therefore, I am suspending my campaign and endorsing my friend, community leader, and long-time pastor John Campbell.”
Campbell called Jacobs-Ghaffar a “loyal Democrat.”
“I am grateful for her support, and I promise to bring to voters across the district our shared fight for improved public schools and to hold Sen. Britt accountable for threatening much-needed economic development and good jobs across the district,” Campbell said.
Campbell is currently an at-large member of the Board of Education for the Public Schools of Robeson County.
When contacted, Britt said this: “I have been honored to serve in the North Carolina Senate representing Robeson and Columbus County. I have and will continue to work and to fight for all people, all races and all political parties who live in our district. I understand the people in Raleigh wish to replace me, so they can reduce the number of people serving in the Republican Party in Raleigh. I willingly accept the challenge in November to represent all of us.”