With about 500 votes between them, it appeared late Tuesday, Nov. 6, that U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre won a ninth term in office, defeating North Carolina Sen. David Rouzer for the 7th District Congressional seat.
Unofficial results from the North Carolina State Board of Elections show McIntyre, D-N.C., of Robeson County with about 50.1 percent of the votes against Rouzer, R-Johnston and Wayne, with 49.9 percent in the district’s 12 counties, which includes New Hanover.
Johnnie McLean, deputy director of administration for the state’s board of elections stated, “At this point the election results are unofficial. There has been no official request from Mr. Rouzer requesting a recount of the 7th Congressional District votes. He would have until noon on Tuesday, Nov. 20, to make that request. The difference in the votes would need to be 1 percent of the votes cast in that race, which I think they currently are,” McLean said.
“However there are some provisional ballots and some absentee ballots (10,342) that have not been counted and included into those totals, so that the numbers, the official numbers, may be and probably will be different from those that you are seeing currently.”
On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, Rouzer said the best part about campaigning was meeting people, while greeting voters at the Northeast Regional Library in Wilmington.
“Everybody that you meet, they have a different set of experiences, and if you listen you’ll learn a lot,” Rouzer said. “I enjoy that about politics. I enjoy that about campaigning.”
Rouzer serves as co-chairman of the state Senate’s committees on Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources and Appropriations on Natural and Economic Resources. His term expires at the end of this year.
McIntyre, who serves as a member of the U.S. House’s committees on Agriculture and Armed Services, earlier had said one of his first actions if re-elected would be to again file his Veterans Outreach Improvement Act to help ensure veterans are aware of their benefits.
In the 3rd Congressional District, which after recent redistricting now includes parts of downtown Wilmington, incumbent U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., of Farmville defeated Democrat challenger Erik Anderson of Winterville with about 63 percent of the votes in that district’s 22 counties.
North Carolina will have a Republican governor, as former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory beat Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton of Raleigh, as well as Libertarian Barbara Howe of Oxford. McCrory, who won about 55 percent of the votes Tuesday, had lost the 2008 gubernatorial race to Gov. Bev Perdue.
Sen. Thom Goolsby, R-New Hanover, was re-elected to his seat on the state Senate for District 9. He defeated Democrat challenger Deb Butler with about 54 percent of the votes in New Hanover County.
“I appreciate the trust and confidence that the good people of New Hanover County have put in me again, and I’ll work very hard to keep all the promises that I made, just like I did last time,” Goolsby said by telephone late Tuesday.
Goolsby planned to be in Raleigh later in the week for a committee meeting, and he said priorities include tax reform, regulatory reform, education, health care and the economy.
“I’m happy we’re going to have a Republican governor, a Republican House, a Republican Senate,” Goolsby said. “So the pressure is on for us to keep our promises to the people, and I’m going to be working very hard to do everything I can.”
New Hanover County Commissioner Rick Catlin, a Republican, won a state House seat in District 20 against Democratic challenger Tom Gale with about 64 percent of the votes.
Former New Hanover County Commission Chairman Ted Davis Jr. will continue to serve in the state House seat he filled when Rep. Danny McComas, R-New Hanover, resigned. Davis won about 60 percent of the votes in the House District 19 race against Kure Beach Town Councilwoman Emilie Swearingen, a Democrat.
Rep. Susi Hamilton, D-New Hanover, won a second term in the House for District 18 that covers parts of New Hanover and Brunswick counties. She defeated Republican Louis Harmati of Leland with about 67 percent of the votes.
Board of Education
New Hanover County voters elected members to three open spots on the Board of Education — and they were all Republicans. Lisa Estep won more than 18 percent of the votes, followed by Tammy Covil and the current board’s vice chairwoman, Jeannette Nichols, both of whom had nearly 18 percent.
Democrat incumbent Elizabeth Redenbaugh came in fourth with nearly 17 percent, losing her seat on the school board. Fellow Democrats Karen Clay Beatty and Emma Saunders came in fifth and sixth, each with about 15 percent of the votes.
Republican school board member Dr. Derrick Hickey lost his bid for the county commission race. His board of education term runs through 2014.