Hyde County voters went with the rest of the state in the 2012 Primary
Election yesterday to add an amendment to the Constitution that defines
marriage as between one man and one woman. However, Dare voters
narrowly defeated the measure.
Statewide, the vote was 61 percent for and 39 against. In Hyde County the amendment passed by a vote of 64 to 36 percent.
In Dare,the amendment just barely failed by a vote of 50.97 percent
against and 49.03 in favor. The vote total was 3,845 for and
3,698 against. At first, county officials reported incorrect numbers.
In a surprise in Hyde County, incumbent Ocracoke Township commissioner
lost the Democratic primary to John S. Fletcher II. Even though
Styron won the vote in Ocracoke, she lost countywide. The vote was 55
percent for Fletcher and 45 percent for Styron. In Ocracoke
Township, Styron won with a vote of 131-110. Fletcher is unopposed in
the November general election.
In Dare County’s only contested primary for commissioner, which was in
District 1, Richard Johnson won the Republican nod and Alfred Lee
Jackson took the Democratic race. Johnson beat Francis D’Ambra with 57
percent of the vote. Jackson beat John Lee Booth by a margin of 59 to
Incumbents handily won in all of Dare County’s non-partisan races for the Board of Education.
David Oaksmith retained his at-large seat with 43 percent of the vote.
In District 2, Ben Sproul prevailed with 69 percent of the vote, and in
District 4, incumbent Anthony Fletcher beat challenger Dave Conley of
Frisco by a vote of 55 to 45 percent. In District 2, Bea Basnight
U.S. Rep. Walter Jones easily won his Republican primary against Frank
Palombo with 69 percent of the vote. Jones won 65 percent in Dare
County and 83 percent in Hyde County.
In one other hotly contested race – the Republican primary for N.C.
House of Representatives in District 1, Mattie Lawson narrowly beat
Arthur Williams. Lawson had 2,643 votes for 37 percent, while
Williams garnered 2,577 votes and 36 percent. Jeremy D. Adams came in
third in that race with 27 percent.
Voter turnout statewide was 34 percent of registered votes. In
Dare County, the turnout was 33 percent, while in Hyde it was 40
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