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McCrory won fairly easily with 55 percent of the vote over Democrat Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton with 43 percent. But McCrory, who was raised in Jamestown, didn't win Guilford County. Dalton won Guilford County with 52 percent over McCrory with 46 percent.
Lt. Gov Elect Forest lost Guilford County by a larger margin, with 42 percent to 58 percent for Linda Coleman, but Forest won statewide with 50.13 percent of the vote.
The big race that nobody was talking about until a lot of people started talking about it was the one race for a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court. North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby was reelected with 52 percent of the vote over North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Sam J. Ervin IV. Although the races are in theory nonpartisan, Newby is a Republican, and if Ervin who is a Democrat had won, the Democrats would have had a majority on the North Carolina Supreme Court. A number of cases involving action by the Republican legislature are winding their way through the courts, including redistricting. Historically the court votes along party lines on redistricting, so the race for Newby's seat was really a question of whether the redistricting done by Republicans would survive a court challenge or not. Judging from the election it looks like the districts should be pretty safe.
In the council of state races, other than lieutenant governor, the incumbents, whether Democrat or Republican, won.
Republican Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler from Brown Summit, with 53 percent of the vote, won reelection over Democrat Walter Smith with 47 percent.
Republican Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry with 53 percent of the vote won reelection over Democrat John Brooks with 47 percent.
Guilford County native and resident Republican Mike Causey was defeated for insurance commissioner by Democrat incumbent Wayne Goodwin, who had 52 percent of the vote to 48 for Causey. It's interesting that Causey lost Guilford County by a far greater margin. In Guilford County, Causey had 41 percent of the vote to 59 percent for Goodwin.
Republican Chairman of the Chowan County Board of Commissioners Ed Goodwin was defeated by Democrat Secretary of State Elaine Marshall running for reelection, who had 54 percent of the vote to Goodwin's 46 percent.
Democrat Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson won another term with 54 percent of the vote over Republican Wake County Board of Education member John Tedesco with 46 percent.
Democrat State Treasurer Janet Cowell won reelection with 54 percent of the vote over Republican Steve Royal with 46 percent.
Democrat state Auditor Beth Wood won reelection with 54 percent of the vote over Republican Wake County Board of Education member Debra Goldman with 46 percent.
In the local judicial races it appears voters continue to want women as their judges. In the one race for Superior Court, District Court Judge Susan Bray with 71 percent of the vote easily defeated assistant District Attorney Robert Enochs with 29 percent.
In the District Court Judge District 18 races Judge Sherry Alloway with 58 percent won over Michael Troutman with 42 percent, Linda Falls with 64 percent defeated Brian Tomlin with 36 percent, Judge Susan Burch with 64 percent defeated Jewel Ann Farlow with 36 percent, Judge Avery Michelle Crump with 52 percent defeated Bill Davis with 48 percent, Judge Jan Samet with 66 percent defeated Tomakio Gause with 34 percent, and Tabatha Holliday with 54 percent defeated Judge Polly Sizemore with 46 percent.
Running unopposed for reelection as district court judge were Teresa Vincent, Pete Hunter, Angie Fox, Angela Foster and Michelle Fletcher.
In the three races for the North Carolina Court of Appeals, Judge Linda McGee with 61 percent of the vote defeated David Robinson with 39 percent. Judge Wanda Bryant with 57 percent of the vote defeated Marty McGee with 43 percent, and Chris Dillon with 53 percent defeated Judge Cressie Thigpen with 47 percent.