November 7, 2018


Steinburg, Hanig win seats for N.C. Senate
and House; Four Constitutional Amendments Pass

By JOY CRIST

Election results came in late Tuesday night for North Carolina, and Republicans won big across the board on both county and state levels. Republicans Bob Steinburg and Bobby Hanig beat Democrat candidates D. Cole Phelps and Tess Judge for seats on the North Carolina General Assembly, while incumbent Dare County Board of Commissioner Jim Tobin won over challenger Rosemaire Doshier for the District 1 Board of Commissioners (BOC) seat. Democrat Ervin Bateman defeated Anne Petera for the At-Large seat on the BOC, one of the lone local Democrat wins in Tuesday night’s election.

On the state level, Democrats won enough seats in the General Assembly to break the existing “supermajority” of Republicans – a three-fifth majority – which had allowed Republicans to block Governor Cooper’s vetoes since he took office in 2017. However, Republicans maintained their majority in the state House and Senate, with estimated majorities of 66-55 and 29-21 come January.

Two of the six proposed amendments to the state constitution appeared to fail as of Wednesday morning at 7 a.m., with 2683 of 2706 precincts reporting results.

The two amendments that failed included the proposed constitutional amendment to change the process for filling judicial vacancies by the Governor, and the establishment an eight-member Bipartisan Board of Ethics and Elections Enforcement in the Constitution to administer ethics and elections law. The amendment requiring voters to provide photo identification before voting in person, and the amendment to reduce the income tax rate in North Carolina to a maximum allowable rate of seven percent (7%) both appeared to pass.  

Total election results as of 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning are as follows.

General Assembly Seats:

NC STATE SENATE DISTRICT 01
Bob Steinburg - REP: 39,554 votes, 53.25% (WINNER)
D. Cole Phelps - DEM: 34,729 votes, 46.75

NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 006
Bobby Hanig - REP: 18,437 votes, 55.07% (WINNER)
Tess Judge - DEM: 15,045 votes, 44.93%

Dare County Contests

DARE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS AT-LARGE
Ervin Bateman - DEM: 8,428 votes, 51.95% (WINNER)
Anne P. Petera - REP: 7,794 votes, 48.05%

DARE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS DISTRICT 1
Jim Tobin - REP: 8,729 votes, 53.92% (WINNER)
Rosemarie Doshier - DEM: 7,461 votes, 46.08%

DARE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS DISTRICT 2
Rob Ross - REP: 10,190 votes, 100.00% (WINNER)
DARE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 1
Frank O. Hester - REP: 10,467 votes, 100.00% (WINNER)

DARE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 2
Joe Tauber - REP: 8,395 votes, 52.35% (WINNER)
Jen Alexander - DEM: 7,642 votes, 47.65%

DARE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 3
Margaret Lawler - DEM: 9,345 votes, 100.00% (WINNER)

DARE COUNTY CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT
Dean Martin Tolson - REP: 10,699 votes, 100.00% (WINNER)

DARE COUNTY REGISTER OF DEEDS
Cheryl House - REP: 8,331 votes, 51.96% (WINNER)
Vanzolla McMurran - DEM: 7,701 votes, 48.04%

DARE COUNTY SHERIFF
J. D. (Doug) Doughtie - REP: 11,057 votes, 100.00% (WINNER)

Statewide Results for Six Constitutional Amendments
Precincts Reported: 2683 of 2706

PROTECT RIGHT TO HUNT AND FISH
For:  2,048,235,    votes, 57.13% (PASS)
Against:  1,537,100 votes, 42.87%

STRENGTHENING VICTIMS RIGHTS
For:  2,228,296    votes, 62.11% (PASS)
Against:  1,359,496 votes, 37.89%

MAXIMUM INCOME TAX RATE OF 7.0%
For:  2,060,373 votes, 57.37% (PASS)
Against:  1,531,121 votes, 42.63%

REQUIRE PHOTO ID TO VOTE
For:  2,015,849 votes, 55.51% (PASS)
Against:  1,615,482 votes, 44.49%

NONPARTISAN JUDICIAL MERIT COMMISSION
Against:  2,347,700 votes, 66.90% (FAIL)
For:  1,161,547    33.10%

BIPARTISAN BOARD OF ETHICS AND ELECTIONS
Against:  2,164,886 votes, 61.65% (FAIL)
For:  1,346,715    38.35%


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