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North Carolina Post-Election Newsletter

November 5, 2014

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Election Analysis
  • Election Outcomes
    • U.S. Senate – North Carolina
    • U.S. House of Representatives – North Carolina
    • North Carolina Senate
    • North Carolina House of Representatives
    • North Carolina Supreme Court
    • North Carolina Court of Appeals
    • Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners
    • Mecklenburg County Sales and Use Tax Referendum
    • Charlotte City Bond Referenda
    • Wake Board of County Commissioners

ELECTION ANALYSIS

U.S. Senate

North Carolina voters cast 2.7 million ballots in yesterday’s election, setting a record for turnout in a midterm year.  At the top of the ticket, Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis defeated incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator Kay Hagan in the nation’s most expensive Senate contest, exceeding $100 million.  Tillis’s victory helped secure a Republican majority in the United States Senate for the first time since 2007.  In what many political observers are calling a wave, Republicans added at least seven Senate seats, with three races still outstanding in Alaska, Louisiana and Virginia.

U.S. House

North Carolina’s congressional delegation will remain Republican dominated, with the GOP adding the 7th District to hold 10 seats to Democrats’ three.  Nationally Republicans picked up seats to expand their control of the U.S. House to at least 246 seats, their largest majority since World War II.

North Carolina General Assembly

In the state Senate, Republicans gained one seat and expanded the Republican supermajority to a total of 34 seats, leaving Democrats with 16.  In one of the closely watched contests, incumbent Senator Gene McLaurin (D-Richmond) lost to Ellerbe business owner Tom McInnis.  McInnis received 50.42 percent of the final votes cast while McLaurin received 47.09 percent.  The Libertarian candidate, P.H. Dawkins, received 2.49 percent. 

Republican John Alexander leads Tom Bradshaw by less than one percent for District 15, an open seat in Wake County due to Senator Neal Hunt’s retirement.  Democratic challenger and former Raleigh Mayor Tom Bradshaw may call for a recount. 

In the state House, Republicans still hold a significant 74 to 46 majority, but Democrats knocked off several influential Republican lawmakers to make for a net GOP loss of three seats.  Republicans lost two seats around the Asheville area, one in Wake County and one in Lee County.  Republicans picked up District 2, which represents Granville and Person Counties.  This was an open seat since Representative Winkie Wilkins (D-Granville, Person) is retiring. 

Democrat Cary Town Council member Gale Adcock defeated incumbent Representative Tom Murry (R-Wake).  Murry served two terms and was the Chairman of the House Commerce and Job Development Committee. 

In the western part of the state, Representative Tim Moffitt (R-Buncombe), was defeated by Democrat Brian Turner.  Moffitt served two terms and served as the Chairman of the House Regulatory Reform Committee. 

Republican incumbent Nathan Ramsey (R-Buncombe) lost to Democrat John Ager, and Democrat Brad Salmon defeated Representative Mike Stone (R-Lee) of Sanford. 

Republican Gary Pendleton narrowly defeated Democrat Kim Hanchette in the race for District 49.  Pendleton was appointed earlier this year to fill the seat for the late Representative Jim Fulghum. 

Overall, Republicans continue to hold supermajorities in both the Senate and House, giving them the votes needed to override a veto by the governor.

Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners

Democrats maintained control of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners, with at-large victories by incumbent Pat Cotham, the largest vote-getter, followed by former Charlotte City Council member Ella Scarborough and incumbent Trevor Fuller.  Democrat incumbents Dumont Clarke, Vilma Leake and George Dunlap faced no opposition.  Republicans incumbents Matthew Ridenhour and Bill James held their seats, and Republican Jim Puckett won an open seat race. 

Wake Board of County Commissioners

Democrats swept the four seats up for election on the Wake Board of County Commissioners and will now hold all seven seats on the board.  The new board members include Sig Hutchinson, Matt Calabria, Jessica Holmes and John Burns.  Each newly elected board member won by at least nine percentage points, and it is the first time Democrats have held the majority since 2010.  Calabria said the board will focus on making investments in education and public transportation in the future.  Democrats will have the ability to keep the board under their control until 2018 since only three seats will be up for election in 2016. 

North Carolina Judicial Races

Four of the seven seats on the North Carolina Supreme Court were up for election this year.  Mark Martin won his race for Supreme Court Chief Justice with more than 70 percent of the vote against Ola Lewis.  In Associate Justice contests, Sam Ervin IV defeated Bob Hunter, and Robin Hudson defeated Eric Levinson.  Both Ervin and Hudson won by more than 52 percent.  Cheri Beasley leads Mike Robinson for the final Associate Justice seat by less than one half of one percentage point, so a recount could be called.

Mark Davis, Lucy Inman and John Tyson won competitive races for seats on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.  Davis and Inman each received a majority of the votes in their respective races.  Tyson received over 23 percent of the vote in a race that featured 19 candidates.  In the final Court of Appeals race, Donna Stroud ran unopposed and retained her seat.

ELECTION OUTCOMES

 

CANDIDATE

%

 

 

CANDIDATE

%

 

U.S. Senate -- North Carolina

 

*Kay Hagan- D

47.2

       

Thom Tillis- R

48.88

       
 

Sean Haugh- L

3.74

       
 

U.S. House of Representatives -- North Carolina

 

District 1

   

District 2

*G.K. Butterfield- D

73.36

   

Clay Aiken- D

41.15

 

Arthur Rich- R

26.64

 

*Renee Ellmers- R

58.85

 

District 3

   

District 4

 

Marshall Adame- D

32.15

 

*David Price- D

74.74

*Walter Jones- R

67.85

   

Paul Wright- R

25.26

 

District 5

   

District 6

 

Josh Brannon- D

38.96

   

Laura Fjeld- D

41.33

*Virginia Foxx- R

61.04

 

Mark Walker- R

58.67

 

District 7

   

District 8

 

Jonathan Barfield- D

37.08

   

Antonio Blue- D

35.11

David Rouzer- R

59.39

 

*Richard Hudson- R

64.89

 

Wesley Casteen- L

3.46

   

District 10

 

District 9

   

Tate MacQueen- D

38.98

*Robert Pittenger- R

93.92

 

*Patrick McHenry- R

61.02

 

No opposition

     

District 12

 

District 11

 

Alma Adams- D

75.41

 

Tom Hill- D

37.07

   

Vince Coakley- R

24.59

*Mark Meadows- R

62.93

       
 

District 13

       
 

Brenda Cleary- D

42.68

       

*George Holding- R

57.32

       
 

North Carolina Senate

 

NC Senate 1

   

NC Senate 2

 

Stan White- D

46.58

   

Carr Ipock- D

39.57

*Bill Cook- R

53.42

 

*Norm Sanderson- R

60.43

 

NC Senate 3

   

NC Senate 4

Erica Smith-Ingram- D

100

 

*Angela Bryant- D

65.67

 

No opposition

     

Richard Scott- R

34.33

 

NC Senate 5

   

NC Senate 6

*Don Davis- D

100

 

*Harry Brown- R

100

 

No opposition

     

No opposition

 
 

NC Senate 7

   

NC Senate 8

 

Erik Anderson- D

30.96

   

Ernie Ward- D

42.96

*Louis Pate- R

69.04

 

*Bill Rabon- R

57.04

 

NC Senate 9

   

NC Senate 10

 

Elizabeth Redenbaugh- D

44.65

   

Donald Rains- D

37.51

Michael Lee- R

55.35

 

*Brent Jackson- R

62.49

 

NC Senate 11

   

NC Senate 12

*Buck Newton- R

100

   

Joe Langley- D

44.05

 

No opposition

   

*Ronald Rabin- R

55.95

 

NC Senate 13

   

NC Senate 14

Jane Smith- D

62.74

 

*Dan Blue- D

100

 

Bernard White- R

37.26

   

No opposition

 
 

NC Senate 15

   

NC Senate 16

 

Tom Bradshaw- D

49.56

 

*Josh Stein- D

67.14

John Alexander, Jr.- R

50.44

   

Molotov Mitchell- R

32.86

 

NC Senate 17

   

NC Senate 18

 

Bryan Fulghum- D

41.58

   

Sarah Crawford- D

47.12

*Tamara Barringer- R

58.42

 

*Chad Barefoot- R

52.88

 

NC Senate 19

   

NC Senate 20

 

Billy Richardson- D

45.55

 

*Floyd McKissick- D

100

*Wesley Meredith- R

54.45

   

No opposition

 
 

NC Senate 21

   

NC Senate 22

*Ben Clark- D

100

 

*Mike Woodard- D

67.07

 

No opposition

     

Herman Joubert- R

32.93

 

NC Senate 23

   

NC Senate 24

*Valerie Foushee- D

68.17

 

*Rick Gunn- R

100

 

Mary Lopez-Carter- R

31.83

   

No opposition

 
 

NC Senate 25

   

NC Senate 26

 

*Gene McLaurin- D

47.09

   

William Osborne- D

40.85

Tom McInnis- R

50.42

 

*Phil Berger- R

59.15

 

P.H. Dawkins- L

2.49

   

NC Senate 28

 

NC Senate 27

 

*Gladys Robinson- D

100

*Trudy Wade- R

100

   

No opposition

 
 

No opposition

     

NC Senate 30

 

NC Senate 29

   

Eva Ingle- D

28.94

 

Tommy Davis- D

29.12

 

*Shirley Randleman- R

71.06

*Jerry Tillman- R

70.88

   

NC Senate 32

 

NC Senate 31

 

*Earline Parmon- D

100

 

John Motsinger- D

35.14

   

No opposition

 

*Joyce Krawiec- R

64.86

   

NC Senate 34

 

NC Senate 33

   

Connie Johnson- D

33.96

*Stan Bingham- R

100

 

*Andrew Brock- R

66.04

 

No opposition

     

NC Senate 36

 

NC Senate 35

 

*Fletcher Hartsell- R

100

*Tommy Tucker- R

100

   

No opposition

 
 

No opposition

     

NC Senate 38

 

NC Senate 37

 

*Joel Ford- D

79.72

*Jeff Jackson- D

100

   

Richard Rivette- R

20.28

 

No opposition

     

NC Senate 40

 

NC Senate 39

 

Joyce Waddell- D

100

*Bob Rucho- R

100

   

No opposition

 
 

No opposition

     

NC Senate 42

 

NC Senate 41

 

Andy Wells- R

59.5

 

Latrice McRae- D

39.53

   

Pat Hensley- U

40.5

*Jeff Tarte- R

60.47

   

NC Senate 44

 

NC Senate 43

 

*David Curtis- R

100

*Kathy Harrington- R

100

   

No opposition

 
 

No opposition

     

NC Senate 46

 

NC Senate 45

   

Emily Church- D

41.21

 

Jim Sponenberg- D

39.73

 

*Warren Daniel- R

58.79

*Dan Soucek- R

60.27

   

NC Senate 48

 

NC Senate 47

   

Rick Wood- D

42.59

*Ralph Hise- R

100

 

*Tom Apodaca- R

57.41

 

No opposition

     

NC Senate 50

 

NC Senate 49

   

Jane Hipps- D

46.12

*Terry Van Duyn- D

61.27

 

*Jim Davis- R

53.88

 

Mark Crawford- R

38.73

       
 

North Carolina House of Representatives

 

NC House 1

   

NC House 2

 

Garry Meiggs- D

39.12

   

Ray Jeffers- D

43.33

*Bob Steinburg- R

60.88

 

Larry Yarborough- R

56.67

 

NC House 3

   

NC House 4

 

Whit Whitley- D

41.94

 

*Jimmy Dixon- R

100

*Michael Speciale- R

58.06

   

No opposition

 
 

NC House 5

   

NC House 6

Howard Hunter III- D

68.52

 

*Paul Tine- D

53.59

 

Sidney Pierce- R

31.48

   

Mattie Lawson- R

46.41

 

NC House 7

   

NC House 8

*Bobbie Richardson- D

100

   

Bobi Gregory- D

39.22

 

No opposition

   

*Susan Martin-R

60.78

 

NC House 9

   

NC House 10

 

Uriah Ward- D

39.78

 

John Bell- R

100

*Brian Brown- R

60.22

   

No opposition

 
 

NC House 11

   

NC House 12

*Duane Hall- D

61.57

 

*George Graham-D

100

 

Ray Martin- R

38.43

   

No opposition

 
 

NC House 13

   

NC House 14

 

Jim Nolan- D

30.26

 

*George Cleveland- R

100

*Pat McElraft- R

69.74

   

No opposition

 
 

NC House 15

   

NC House 16

*Phil Shepard- R

100

   

Steve Unger- D

33.54

 

No opposition

   

*Chris Millis- R

66.46

 

NC House 17

   

NC House 18

 

Charles Warren- D

32.82

 

*Susi Hamilton- D

100

*Frank Iler- R

67.18

   

No opposition

 
 

NC House 19

   

NC House 20

*Ted Davis- R

100

   

Betsy Jordan- D

37.82

 

No opposition

   

*Rick Catlin - R

62.18

 

NC House 21

   

NC House 22

*Larry Bell- D

100

 

*William Brisson- D

52

 

No opposition

     

Ken Smith- R

48

 

NC House 23

   

NC House 24

Shelly Willingham- D

100

 

*J. Farmer-Butterfield-D

100

 

No opposition

     

No opposition

 
 

NC House 25

   

NC House 26

 

Charles Johnson- D

31.94

 

*Leo Daughtry- R

100

*Jeff Collins- R

68.06

   

No opposition

 
 

NC House 27

   

NC House 28

*Michael Wray- D

100

 

*JH Langdon- R

100

 

No opposition

     

No opposition

 
 

NC House 29

   

NC House 30

*Larry Hall- D

100

 

*Paul Luebke- D

100

 

No opposition

     

No opposition

 
 

NC House 31

   

NC House 32

*Mickey Michaux-D

88.17

 

Nathan Baskerville-D

100

 

Todd Conrad

11.83

   

No opposition

 
 

NC House 33

   

NC House 34

*Rosa Gill- D

87.33

 

*Grier Martin- D

100

 

Perry Whitlock

12.67

   

No opposition

 
 

NC House 35

   

NC House 36

 

Brian Mountcastle- D

43.69

   

Lisa Baker- D

45.64

*Chris Malone- R

56.31

 

*Nelson Dollar- R

54.36

 

NC House 37

   

NC House 38

*Paul Stam- R

100

 

*Yvonne Holley- D

79.84

 

No opposition

     

Joe Thompson- R

20.16

 

NC House 39

   

NC House 40

*D. Jackson- D

100

   

Margaret Broadwell- D

45.64

 

No opposition

   

*Marilyn Avila- R

54.36

 

NC House 41

   

NC House 42

Gale Adcock- D

51.33

 

*Marvin Lucas- D

100

 

*Tom Murry- R

48.67

   

No opposition

 
 

NC House 43

   

NC House 44

*Elmer Floyd- D

100

 

*Rick Glazier- D

52.47

 

No opposition

     

Richard Button- R

47.53

 

NC House 45

   

NC House 46

*John Szoka- R

100

 

*Kenneth Waddell- D

53.39

 

No opposition

     

Brenden Jones- R

46.61

 

NC House 47

   

NC House 48

*Charles Graham- D

100

 

*Garland Pierce- D 

100

 

No opposition

     

No opposition

 
 

NC House 49

   

NC House 50

 

Kim Hanchette- D

48.41

 

*Graig Meyer- D

57.13

Gary Pendleton- R

51.59

   

Rod Chaney- R

42.87

 

NC House 51

   

NC House 52

Brad Salmon

54.01

 

*Jamie Boles- R

100

 

*Mike Stone- R

45.99

   

No opposition

 
 

NC House 53

   

NC House 54

 

Susan Byerly- D

44.26

 

*Robert Reives II- D

56.19

*David Lewis- R

55.74

   

Andy Wilkie- R

43.81

 

NC House 55

   

NC House 56

 

Kim Hargett- D

41.06

 

*Verla Insko- D

81.17

*Mark Brody- R

58.94

   

Dave Carter- R

18.83

 

NC House 57

   

NC House 58

*Pricey Harrison- D

100

 

Ralph Johnson- D

100

 

No opposition

     

No opposition

 
 

NC House 59

   

NC House 60

 

Scott Jones- D

36.3

 

Cecil Brockman- D

100

*Jon Haridster- R

60.19

   

No opposition

 
 

Paul Meinhart- L

3.51

   

NC House 62

 

NC House 61

   

Sal Leone- D

37.95

 

Ron Weatherford- D

32.86

 

John Blust- R

62.05

*John Faircloth- R

67.14

   

NC House 64

 

NC House 63

 

Dennis Riddell- R

100

 

Ian Blatutis- D

42.98

   

No opposition

 

*Steve Ross- R

57.02

   

NC House 66

 

NC House 65

 

*Ken Goodman- D

100

 

Elretha Perkins- D

34.73

   

No opposition

 

*Bert Jones- R

65.27

   

NC House 68

 

NC House 67

 

*Craig Horn- R

100

 

Nalin Mehta-D

40.73

   

No opposition

 

*Justin Burr- R

59.27

   

NC House 70

 

NC house 69

 

*Pat Hurley- R

100

*Dean Arp- R

100

   

No opposition

 
 

No opposition

     

NC House 72

 

NC House 71

 

Ed Hanes- D

100

*Evelyn Terry- D

76.55

   

No opposition

 
 

Kris McCann- R

23.45

   

NC House 74

 

NC House 73

   

Mary Dickinson- D

36.86

Lee Zachary- R

100

 

*Debra Conrad- R

63.14

 

No opposition

     

NC House 76

 

NC House 75

 

*Carl Ford- R

100

 

David Gordon- D

37.24

   

No opposition

 

*Donny Lambeth-R

62.76

   

NC House 78

 

NC House 77

 

*Allen McNeill- R

100

*Harry Warren- R

100

   

No opposition

 
 

No opposition

     

NC House 80

 

NC House 79

 

Sam Watford- R

100

 

Cristina Vazquez- D

29.72

   

No opposition

 

*Julia Howard- R

70.28

   

NC House 82

 

NC House 81

   

Earle Schecter

40.53

*Rayne Brown- R

100

 

*Larry Pittman- R

59.47

 

No opposition

     

NC House 84

 

NC House 83

   

Gene Mahaffey

30.4

*Linda Johnson- R

100

 

*Rena Turner- R

69.6

 

No opposition

     

NC House 86

 

NC House 85

   

Jim Cates- D

36

 

JR Edwards- D

25.09

 

*Hugh Blackwell- R

64

*Josh Dobson- R

74.91

   

NC House 88

 

NC House 87

   

Margie Storch- D

44.61

*Edgar Starnes- R

100

 

*Rob Bryan- R

55.39

 

No opposition

     

NC House 90

 

NC House 89

   

John Wiles- D

31.74

*Mitchell Setzer- R

100

 

*Sarah Stevens-R

68.26

 

No opposition

     

NC House 92

 

NC House 91

   

Robin Bradford-D

47.45

*Brian Holloway- R

100

 

*Charles Jeter- R

52.55

 

No opposition

     

NC House 94

 

NC House 93

 

*Jeffrey Elmore- R

100

 

Sue Counts- D

46.67

   

No opposition

 

*Jonathan Jordan-R

53.33

   

NC House 96

 

NC House 95

   

Cliff Moone- D

32.76

John Fraley- R

100

 

Jay Adams- R

67.24

 

No opposition

     

NC House 98

 

NC House 97

   

Natasha Marcus- D

45.03

 

Rosemary Hubbard- D

29.35

 

John Bradford- R

54.97

*Jason Saine- R

70.65

   

NC House 100

 

NC House 99

 

*Tricia Cotham- D

100

*Rodney Moore- D

100

   

No opposition

 
 

No opposition

     

NC House 102

 

NC House 101

 

*Becky Carney- D

100

*Beverly Earle- D

100

   

No opposition

 
 

No opposition

     

NC House 104

 

NC House 103

 

Dan Bishop- R

74.77

*Bill Brawley- R

100

   

Eric Cable- L

25.23

 

No opposition

     

NC House 106

 

NC House 105

 

*Carla Cunningham- D

86.62

*Jacqueline Schaffer-R

100

   

Trey Lowe- R

13.38

 

No opposition

     

NC House 108

 

NC House 107

 

*John Torbett-R

100

*Kelly Alexander-D

100

   

No opposition

 
 

No opposition

     

NC House 110

 

NC House 109

 

*Kelly Hastings- R

100

*Dana Bumgardner- R

100

   

No opposition

 
 

No opposition

     

NC House 112

 

NC House 111

   

Lisa Bralley- D

41.45

*Tim Moore- R

100

 

*Mike Hager- R

58.55

 

No opposition

     

NC House 114

 

NC House 113

 

*Susan Fisher- D

100

 

Norm Bossert- D

36.75

   

No opposition

 

*Chris Whitmire- R

63.25

   

NC House 116

 

NC House 115

 

Brian Turner- D

51.89

John Ager- D

50.81

   

*Tim Moffitt- R

48.11

 

*Nathan Ramsey- R

49.19

   

NC House 118

 

NC House 117

   

Dean Hicks- D

48.65

*Chuck McGrady- R

74.75

 

*Michele Presnell- R

51.35

 

Shelby Mood- L

25.25

   

NC House 120

 

NC House 119

 

*Roger West- R

100

*Joe Sam Queen- D

52.52

   

No opposition

 
 

Mike Clampitt- R

47.48

       
 

North Carolina Supreme Court

 

Chief Justice

   

Associate Justice

Mark Martin

72.28

 

Sam J. Ervin, Jr.

52.58

 

Ola Lewis

27.72

   

Robert Hunter, Jr.

47.42

 

Associate Justice

   

Associate Justice

Robin Hudson

52.43

 

Cheri Beasley

50.07

 

Eric Levinson

47.57

   

Mike Robinson

49.93

 

North Carolina Court of Appeals

 

MartinSeat (top three vote getters)

 

 

Davis Seat

John M. Tyson

23.87

 

Mark Davis

58.75

 

John S. Arrowood

14.4

   

Paul Holcombe

41.25

 

Keischa Lovelace

9.61

   

StroudSeat

 

HunterSeat

 

Donna Stroud

100

Lucy Inman

51.89

       
 

Bill Southern

48.11

       
 

Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners

 

At Large

   

District 3

 

Scott Carlisle- R

16.55

 

*George Dunlap- D

100

 

Emily Zuyus- R

17.96

   

No opposition

 

*Patricia (Pat) Cotham- D

24.03

   

District 4

*Trevor M. Fuller- D

20.4

 

*Dumont Clarke- D

100

Ella B. Scarborough- D

21.06

   

No opposition

 
 

District 1

   

District 5

Jim Puckett- R

54.87

 

*Matthew Ridenhour- R

64.46

 

Leonard Richardson- D

45.13

   

Art Cardenas- D

35.54

 

District 2

   

District 6

*Vilma Leake- D

100

 

*Bill James- R

100

 

No opposition

     

No opposition

 
 

Mecklenburg County Sales and Use Tax

Against

61.24

       
 

For

38.76

       
 

Charlotte City Bonds

 

Public Improvement Bonds

   

Neighborhood Improvement Bonds

Yes

70.18

 

Yes

71.08

 

No

29.82

   

No

28.92

 

Housing Bonds

       

Yes

63.59

       
 

No

36.41

       
 

Wake  Board of County Commissioners

 

District 1

   

District 3

 

Joe Bryan- R

45.26

   

Rich Gianni- R

43.66

Sig Hutchinson- D

54.74

 

Jessica Holmes- D

56.34

 

District 2

   

District 7

 

Philip (Phil) Matthews- R

43.62

   

Paul Y. Coble- R

45.5

Matt Calabria- D

56.38

 

John Burns- D

54.5

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