This story originally published Nov. 15 and has been updated to reflect the final results of the District 7 race.
North Carolina voters headed to the polls Nov. 6 and let their voices be heard. Millions of residents from across the state came out to select a United States President, local candidates, members of the North Carolina House and Senate and members of the United States Congress.
As the heated election season comes to an end, many winning candidates said they truly appreciate the support of the voters and said they look forward getting straight to work.
In the United States presidential race, North Carolinians chose Republican Mitt Romney as the candidate they hoped would win the White House. Romney captured 2,252,645 North Carolina votes compared to 2,156,025 votes cast for President Barack Obama. Although President Obama did not capture North Carolina’s electoral votes, President Obama did capture his quest to win the White House. The final electoral tally was 302 for President Obama and 206 for Mitt Romney.
In the race for North Carolina Governor, Pat McCrory became the first Republican governor in over two decades. McCrory beat Democratic candidate Walter Dalton. McCrory won 54.68% of the votes, compared to Dalton’s 43.19%.
The morning following the election found only 507 votes separating the two candidates for U.S. House of Representatives in District 7, Mike McIntyre and David Rouzer. According to the NC Board of Elections website, McIntyre’s lead has shrunk to only 420 on Nov. 9.
After the canvassing of provisional and absentee ballots, Mike McIntyre retained the lead in the race. According to the NC Board of Elections website, McIntyre’s lead had grown to 655 votes.
Citing an irregularity in Bladen County, Rouzer called for a recount.
“In a race this close, accidental human error could easily change the outcome,” said Rouzer in a statement. “It is important to ensure that every legal vote cast is properly and accurately counted.”
After the recount of the 12 counties in District 7 was completed, Mike McIntyre retained the lead and David Rouzer conceded the race.
McIntyre returns to Capitol Hill for a ninth term in January.
“I am very grateful to have the honor of serving the citizens of Eastern North Carolina,” McIntyre said by statement. “My commitment has always been to serve the people back home.”
Other N.C. Races
In the race for the North Carolina Senate District 12 seat, Republican Ronald Rabin captured victory over Democratic challenger Brad Salmon. Rabin captured 51.08% of the vote, while Salmon captured 48.92% of the vote.
Rabin said he would like to thank voters for their support and said he has a lot of work ahead of him.
“I also want to thank my opponent, Brad Salmon, and congratulate him on a hard fought campaign,” said Rabin. “Elections are the foundation of our democracy and I have great respect for all citizens who put their name on the line and run for public office.”
Incumbents captured total victory in the Johnston County Board of Education race. Incumbents Keith Branch, Peggy Smith, Donna White and Mike Wooten were all able to keep their seats on the board.
White said she would like to thank the voters for their support.
“Thank you for your vote and the confidence that you have in me to continue the work of the Johnston County Board of Education,” said White. “What a great pleasure it is to have the opportunity to continue to serve you.”
Branch thinks the elections said a lot.
“The voting totals speak volumes as to the satisfaction of the voting public in reference to the decisions that have been made by the current Board of Education over the last four years.”
Wooten is also thankful for the voter support and said he is ready to get to work.
“My priorities will continue to make sure our students have a quality learning environment, which includes rigorous curriculum, safe schools, quality teachers, proper student to teacher ratios, and an increased focus on career and technical education.”