Voters go to the polls in two weeks and Republican Clifford Blackmore is already a state lawmaker representing House District 6.
In what was essentially an election before the election, Republican precinct leaders on Tuesday voted 19-8 to select Blackmore over Samantha Poetter to serve out the term of longtime state Rep. Jene Vickrey.
Vickrey is not seeking reelection, but abruptly resigned his position last month. His departure forced a precinct convention to choose someone to fill out his term.
The precinct convention was a little preview of the upcoming primary election between Blackmore and Poetter on Aug. 4 . . .