Republicans sweep Dare County
By IRENE NOLAN
Republican candidates for all races had a good night in Dare County.
all of the precincts counted, Republicans swept the county -- with just
two exceptions, both incumbents. N.C. Rep. Paul Tine, beat his
opponent, Mattie Lawson, with 52 percent of the vote to her 48, and
District 2 Commissioner Max Dutton squeaked by his challenger, Beverly
Gwyn Boswell, with just 60 votes.
And, with all of the GOP victories, The Dare County Board of Commissioners turned Republican.
Democrat Virginia Tillett, running for her fourth term on the board,
was beaten by newcomer Republican Margarette Midgett Umphlett by a vote
of 53 to 47 percent. Republican incumbent Wally Overman won his race
against Democrat Sandy Semans Ross -- 57 percent to her 43 percent --
to finish out the unexpired term of the late Richard Johnson.
Republican Jack Shea handily beat Democrat challenger Bobby Culpepper
with 60 percent of the vote to Culpepper's 40 percent.
on the county board now number four -- Shea, Overman, Umphlett, and Bob
Woodard. Democrats have three members -- Warren Judge, now the
chairman, Allen Burrus, now the vice-chairman, and Dutton.
incumbent Dean Martin Tolson beat Democrat Chrissy DeGabrielle Simmons
for Clerk of the Superior Court with 60 percent of the vote.
Incumbent Republican Sheriff Doug Doughtie won over Democrat challenger Terry Ballance with a whopping 68 percent of the vote.
the race for District Attorney, incumbent Republican Andrew Womble held
onto his office against Democratic challenger, Nancy Lamb, by a vote of
57 percent to her 43.
Democrat Vanzolla McMurran-Smith was unopposed for county register of deeds.
incumbent Bill Cook of Chocowinity will be returning to the N.C.
Senate. He beat Democratic challenger Stan White of Nags Head in
Dare County by a vote of 54 percent to White's 46 percent. Cook won in
Senate District 1 by about the same margin.
In addition to taking Dare County, Tine beat Lawson in N.C. House District 6 with 54 percent of the vote to her 46.
the race for U.S. Senate, Republican Thom Tillis easily beat Democrat
incumbent Kay Hagan in Dare County with 56 percent of the votes to
Hagan's 40. With 97 percent of the vote counted late last night,
Tillis led Hagan statewide with 49 percent of the vote to her 47.
U.S. Rep. Walter Jones won his 11th term representing North Carolina's
Third Congressional District. He trounced his Democrat
challenger, Marshall Adame, in Dare County with 67 percent of the
vote. Late last night, Jones was beating Adame statewide by about
the same percentage.
in Dare County and statewide also approved an amendment to the North
Carolina constitution that allows a criminal defendant not facing a
death sentence the option of waiving a jury trial. The amendment – the
last item on the ballot -- would require defendants in Superior
Court who choose the option to state in writing or on the record
in court that their right to a trial is waived. The action must also
have the consent of the trial judge.
In Dare County, the
amendment passed with 61 percent of the vote. Statewide, voters
approved it by a vote of 53 percent for and 47 percent against.
In the 2014 mid-term election, 12,940
ballots were cast in Dare County. That was a turnout of 46.19
percent of the 28,016 registered voters.
to see results for all Dare County races, including judicial
races. For more information on statewide races and contests in other
counties, go to http://enr.ncsbe.gov.