November 3, 2010
Hyde and Ocracoke go for Burr and
and Basnight and Spear in state races
Hyde County for the 2010 General Election, as it was statewide and in
Forty-seven percent of Hyde’s 3,633 registered voters went to the
polls. Statewide, the number was 42 percent of registered
and in Dare County, it was 45 percent.
Democrats fared better in Hyde -- and especially on Ocracoke -- than
did Republicans overall, and even Republican victors won in Hyde by
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr won the county by a smaller margin than he did
statewide or in Dare County.
Burr, the Republican incumbent, beat his Democratic opponent, Elaine
Marshall, with 55 percent of the statewide vote to her 42
percent. In Hyde, Burr took only 51 percent with Marshall
in at 46 percent. The Hyde numbers are similar to the
Burr-Marshall race in Dare County.
In the Ocracoke precinct, in one-stop and election-day voting, Marshall
won 201 votes to Burr’s 178.
Incumbent U.S. Rep. Walter Jones won by a landslide against his
Democratic opponent, Johnny Rouse. Statewide, Jones took 72 percent of
the vote to Rouse’s 25.6 percent.
In Hyde, Jones took 69.63 percent to Rouse’s 27.74 percent.
On Ocracoke, Jones beat Rouse in a closer vote of 178 to 162.
Manteo Democrat Marc Basnight, the incumbent, won his seat in State
Senate District 1 statewide and in Dare County with 55 percent of the
vote to Republican Hood Richardson’s 45 percent.
In Hyde County, Basnight won with 69.62 percent of the vote to
On Ocracoke, it was a landslide for Basnight, who won in one-stop and
election-day voting with 286 votes to Richardson’s 80.
Statewide, incumbent Democrat Tim Speer won his race for State House of
Representatives District 2 with 55 percent of the vote to Republican
Bob Steinburg’s 45 percent.
Even with his strong districtwide showing, Speer lost to Steinburg in
Dare County. Steinburg took 53.48 percent of the vote in
while Speer had to settle for 46.5 percent.
Speer fared much better in Hyde County, taking 65 percent of the vote
to his opponent’s 30 percent.
On Ocracoke, the tally was 259 votes for Spear and 89 for Steinburg.
Ocracoke’s Hyde County Commissioner, Darlene Styron, a Democrat who
was appointed to fill out Eugene Ballance’s term when he resigned, ran
In the only competitive race for the Hyde County Board of
Commissioners, Kenneth Collier, with 61.5 percent of the vote, beat
Barry Swindell, who won 38.48 percent. Both candidates are unaffiliated.
Ocracoke, however, went to Swindell over Collier with a vote of 106-37.
In another important election for Ocracoke, which continues to be
divided on trash pickup on the island, the island’s Sanitary District
seat went to George Roberson in a write-in selection.
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