- Associated Press - Sunday, October 30, 2016

BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) - Two men seeking to represent part of southeast North Carolina in the state legislature may have gone too far.

Multiple media organizations report that Democrat Tim Benton of Bladenboro and Republican Brenden Jones of Tabor City blamed the other for a tussle during a community festival on Saturday.

Messages left on Sunday for Bladenboro police and Jones weren’t returned. Numbers listed for Benton were disconnected.

Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt told the Fayetteville Observer (https://bit.ly/2eRDohO ) his officers didn’t see fists flying, but each candidate said they were hit by the other man. Hunt says a responding officer didn’t see any signs of injury.

Hunt says the political rivals were told they could try to press charges by appearing personally before a magistrate.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, https://www.fayobserver.com

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