Cooper takes Gov. McCrory’s seat, McInnis beats Montgomery for senate

By: By Imari Scarbrough - iscarbrough@civitasmedia.com
Imari Scarbrough | Anson Record Voters flocked to the polls on Nov. 8 at Wadesboro Primary School.

Anson County votes heavily favored Democratic candidates this year, with voters supporting Hillary Clinton for president and school teacher Dannie M. Montgomery over current Senator Tom McInnis, though McInnis ended up keeping his seat.

Clinton received 5,787 votes (55.40 percent) in Anson, while Donald Trump got 4,480 (42.89 percent), according to unofficial online results from the North Carolina State Board of Elections. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson received 129 votes (1.23 percent). There were 50 write-in candidates (0.48 percent of the county vote).

Statewide, Trump took 49.90 percent of the vote while Clinton had 46.13. Johnson had 2.72 percent, Jill Stein had 0.01 percent through write-ins and miscellaneous write-ins received 1.23 percent.

As of 2:10 a.m. Wednesday, Clinton had only 218 votes while Trump had 245. The candidates needed at least 270 to win.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

District 1 was the only one to have anyone besides the incumbent running.

Incumbent Bobby Sikes, a Democrat, won with 55.34 percent of the vote. Mechelle Ann Roberts Turner, a Republican, followed with 31.56 percent. Unaffiliated candidate Janet Maria Dyson had 13.10 percent.

Ross Streater, Democrat, was the only one running for his seat in District 3, winning 100 percent of the votes.

Jarvis T. Woodburn, a Democrat, was the only candidate running for his seat in District 6, receiving 100 percent of the votes.

Harold C. Smith, a Democrat, was the only candidate running for District 7 and won 100 percent of the votes.

COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Mike Turner, a Democrat, was the only candidate running for his seat in District 1 and won 100 percent of the votes.

Beulah Pratt, a Democrat, was the only candidate running for her seat in District 3, winning 100 percent of the votes.

Democrat Frank Liles retained his seat. The only candidate running for District 6, he won 100 percent of the vote.

Carol Ann Gibson, a Democrat, was the sole candidate running for her seat in District 7, receiving 100 percent of the vote.

COUNTY REGISTER OF DEEDS

Joanne S. Huntley, a Democrat, was the only candidate running for her seat, winning 100 percent of the votes.

N.C. STATE SENATE

Incumbent Senator Tom McInnis kept his spot, taking 63.90 percent of the District 25 vote. Democratic candidate Dannie M. Montgomery followed with 36.10 percent.

In Anson alone, Montgomery was ahead with 56.65 percent while McInnis had 43.45 percent.

N.C. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Incumbent Rep. Mark Brody kept his seat, winning 60.46 percent of the District 55 vote. Democratic challenger Kim Hargett had 39.54 percent.

In Anson County alone, Hargett had 61.44 percent of the votes while Brody had 38.56 percent.

ANSON SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT

John Springer, the only candidate on the ballot, had 98.47 percent of the vote. Write-in candidates received 97 votes (1.53 percent).

GOVERNOR

Democratic candidate Roy Cooper narrowly won incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory’s seat.

During election night, McCrory and Cooper remained neck-and-neck. Cooper finished with 48.97 percent of the vote while McCrory had 48.86 percent. Libertarian Lon Cecil had 2.17 percent.

Cooper took more votes than Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, in Anson. Cooper had 55.70 percent of the votes while McCrory had 43.22 percent. Cecil had 1.08 percent.

LT. GOVERNOR

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest kept his seat with 51.87 percent of the statewide votes. Democratic candidate Linda Coleman had 45.28 percent while Libertarian candidate Jacki Cole had 2.85 percent.

Coleman, a Democrat, was Anson’s favorite candidate as the county gave her 55.60 percent of its vote. Forest earned 43.10 percent in the county while Jacki Cole had 1.31. percent.

U.S. SENATE

Senator Richard Burr, a Republican, was reelected to his position with the U.S. Senate with 51.11 percent of the statewide vote. Democratic candidate Deborah K. Ross had 45.33 percent and Libertarian Sean Haugh had 3.56 percent.

In Anson, Ross had taken 55.38 percent of the county vote while Burr only had 42.21 percent. Haugh won 2.40 percent in Anson.

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Rep. Robert Pittenger fell behind in Anson, but had the most votes overall in District 9, winning his seat.

District-wide, Pittenger won with 58.26 percent while Cano had 41.74 percent.

Pittenger earned 44.08 percent of the vote in Anson while Democratic candidate Christian Cano had 55.92 percent.

N.C. SECRETARY OF STATE

Democrat Elaine Marshall won 52.23 percent of the statewide votes while Republican Michael LaPaglia had 47.73 percent.

In Anson, Marshall had 64.75 percent and LaPaglia had 35.25 percent.

N.C. TREASURER

Republican Dale R. Folwell had 52.74 percent of the state vote. Democrat Dan Blue III followed with 47.26 percent.

Anson County gave Blue 61.39 percent and Folwell 38.61 percent.

N.C. SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

Republican Mark Johnson had 50.63 percent of the vote. Democrat June Atkinson had 49.37 percent.

Anson gave Atkinson 59.88 percent and Johnson 40.12 percent.

N.C. COMMISSIONER OF LABOR

Incumbent Cherie Berry, a Republican, had 55.22 percent of the statewide vote. Democratic challenger Charles Meeker had 44.67 percent.

Miscellaneous write-in candidates had received 0.11 percent of the state-wide vote at that time while write-in candidate Brian (BK) Wayne had 0 percent.

In Anson, Meeker had received 56.87 percent of the county’s votes while Berry had 43.06 percent and write-in candidates received 0.07 percent.

N.C. COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE

Incumbent Wayne Goodwin only had 49.56 percent of the statewide votes. Republican challenger Mike Causey had taken the lead with 50.44 percent.

Ansonians favored Goodwin, giving him 65.41 percent of the county vote while Causey had 34.59 percent.

N.C. COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE

Incumbent Steve Troxler, a Republican, received 55.61 percent of the statewide vote. Democratic candidate Walter Smith had 44.39 percent.

In Anson alone, Smith received 57.23 percent and Troxler 42.77 percent.

N.C. DISTRICT COURT JUDGES

Amanda L. (Amy) Wilson had 100 percent of the votes for her seat, as did Lisa Blue Thacker. Both were the only candidates running for their positions.

Michael (Mike) Stone won with 50.26 percentof the votes. Angela J. Carter was close behind with 49.74 votes.

Angela J. Carter had 53.64 percent while Michael (Mike) Stone had 46.36 percent.

N.C. ATTORNEY GENERAL

Democrat Josh Stein had 50.23 percent of the statewide votes. Republican Buck Newton had 49.77 percent.

In Anson, Stein earned 61.74 percent and Newton 38.26 percent.

N.C. SUPERIOR COURT JUDGES

Tanya T. Wallace and Richard T. Brown were the only candidates running for their seats and earned 100 percent of the vote.

N.C. SUPREME COURT ASSOCIATE JUSTICE

Michael R. (Mike) Morgan won with 54.45 percent of the vote and Robert H. (Bob) Edmunds had 45.55 percent.

In Anson, Michael R. (Mike) Morgan had 65.30 percent of the vote while Robert H. (Bob) Edmunds had 34.70 percent.

N.C. COURT OF APPEALS JUDGES

Republican Valerie Zachary retained her seat with 53.85 percent of the vote. Democrat Rickye McKoy-Mitchell had 46.15 percent.

In Anson, McKoy-Mitchell had 59.23 percent of the vote while Zachary had 40.77 percent.

Republican Richard Dietz kept his seat with 53.50 percent of the vote. Democrat Vince Rozier had 46.50 percent.

In Anson alone, Rozier had 58.81 percent while Dietz had 41.19 percent.

Incumbent Bob Hunter, a Republican, kept his seat with 54.42 percent of the vote. Democrat challenger Abe Jones had 45.58 percent.

In Anson, Jones earned 57.29 percent while Hunter had 42.71 percent.

Republican Hunter Murphy had a close race but won with 48.76 percent of the votes. Democrat Margaret Eagles had 45.57 percent. Libertarian candidate Donald Ray Buie had 5.67 percent.

In Anson, Eagles had 58.31 percent of the vote while Murphy earned 37.81 percent. Buie had 3.88 percent.

Phil Berger Jr. beat incumbent Linda Stephens in a close race. Berger, a Republican, had 50.29 percent of the state vote while Democrat Stephens had 49.91 percent.

In Anson alone, Stephens had 60.79 percent of the vote while Berger had 39.21 percent.

VOTER TURNOUT

In Anson County, 10,494 out of 17,414 eligible voters (60.26 percent) cast their ballot.

Statewide results were slightly higher, with 68.20 percent of eligible voters participating.

Reach reporter Imari Scarbrough at 704-994-5471 and follow her on Twitter @ImariScarbrough.

Imari Scarbrough | Anson Record Voters flocked to the polls on Nov. 8 at Wadesboro Primary School.
https://ansonrecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_Election-2016.jpgImari Scarbrough | Anson Record Voters flocked to the polls on Nov. 8 at Wadesboro Primary School.

By Imari Scarbrough

iscarbrough@civitasmedia.com