In a heavily-contested race for a vacant seat in the US Senate, the race is officially called for Republican Ted Budd.
WRAL reports that with 98% of precincts reporting, Budd received 51% of the votes, while his Democratic opponent Cheri Beasley held about 47% of the votes. Early poll results showed Beasley with a strong lead, thanks to early and absentee voting. However, as polls closed at 7:30 pm, Budd benefitted greatly from Election Day votes, which, by tradition, consists of mostly Republican voters.
Although votes are still being counted in larger counties, including Wake County, news outlets are pretty much calling it a done deal. Budd will take the seat vacated by retiring Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr.
Other State Election Results:
- Mary-Ann Baldwin will serve another term as Raleigh’s mayor, with 47% of the votes. She defeated Terrance (Truth) Ruth with 41% of the votes and DaQuanta Copeland with 10% of the votes.
- Wiley Nickel (D) defeats Bo Hines (R) for a US House seat to represent NC’s 13th Congressional District, with 51% of the votes.
- With 91% of precincts reporting, the election for 1st Congressional District has been called for Don Davis (D) with 52% of the votes over Sandy Smith (R), who held 48% of the votes.
- Willie Rowe (D) wins the election for Wake County Sheriff, beating former sheriff Donnie Harrison (R), 54% to 46%.
- Clarence Birkhead (D) wins another term as Durham County Sheriff, with 72% of the votes over opponent Maria Jocys.
- Republicans Richard Dietz and Trey Allen won seats on the NC Supreme Court in a tight race against Democrats Lucy Inman and Incumbent Sam Ervin
- With 51% of precincts reporting, Wake voters approved the Wake County School Bond (72.1% to 28%), the Wake Technical Community College Bond (70.7% to 29.3%), and the Wake County Parks Bond (73.6% to 26.4%).