11/8/2016 11:43:00 PM Republicans Win Landslide Lincoln, Gaston, Catawba & Cleveland counties gave Democrats nothing to be happy about
Come December, these will be your Lincoln County Commissioners: (L-R) Bill Beam, Carrol Mitchem, Anita McCall, Rich Permenter, Martin Oakes. McCall and Permenter will take the oath of office in early December, joining Mitchem and the other two, both elected two years ago.
School Board winners: (L-R) Kirk Herbertson, Heather Rhyne, Mark Mullen (ran unopposed), and Cathy Davis.
This Photo Gallery is made up of photos from the Make America Great Again Rally at North Lincoln High School on November 5, Lunch With Congressman Patrick McHenry at the Lincoln County Republican Headquarters on November 7, and the Victory Party at Homesteads Grill & Taphouse the night of November 8.
(Lincoln Herald Staff Photos by Kirk Herbertson)
Wayne Howard Reporter
In national, state, district and local elections--Lincoln, Gaston, Catawba and Cleveland counties voted overwhelmingly for Republicans. All four counties chose Donald Trump for President by a wide margin. Trump got 64% of the votes in Cleveland and Gaston counties, 67% in Catawba, and 72% in Lincoln.
Senator Richard Burr also won all four counties easily--with 63% in Gaston and Cleveland, 67% in Catawba and over 70% in Lincoln. Governor Pat McCrory also won all four by just slightly smaller margins than Trump and Burr.
Lincoln County voters voted for Republicans from the top to the bottom of the ballot with only one exception: hometown girl Judge Meredith Shuford of Lincolnton beat Justin Brackett to retain her judgeship in District 27B by carrying Lincoln County 54% to 46%. Brackett prevailed in Cleveland County by a slightly smaller margin and Shuford claimed victory in the district with 36,376 votes to Brackett's 35,767.
The judge race was nominally non-partisan.
So is the Board of Education election but the winners were all registered Republicans. Kirk Herbertson beat Jeff Pariano for the District 3 seat with 15,319 votes to 13,690--53% to 47%.
In District 1, Cathy Davis won re-election over Tommy Houser, whom she had also beaten in the 2012 election, 19,578 (58%) to 14,286 (42%).
For the At-Large seat, Heather Rhyne was the winner with 17,176 votes. Andrew Dellinger finished second with 11,943 and Clarissa Metts third with 5,515.
Dr. David Curtis easily won re-election to the North Carolina Senate representing District 44. Curtis won Lincoln County with 81% of the votes. For the district, which also includes much of Iredell County and two precincts in Gaston County, Curtis topped Libertarian Nic Haag 77% to 23%.
Lincoln County voters re-elected Carrol Mitchem, but unlike the primary, he did not lead the field in the General Election for County Commissioner.
Anita McCall was the top vote-getter with 24,798 votes. Rich Permenter finished second with 22,125 and Mitchem third with 21,696.
The two Democrats in the race didn't come close. Elaine Jenkins got 13,854 votes; Neil Underwood got 13,032.
Results of the election in other area counties (Gaston, Catawba, Cleveland) can be found in other Lincoln Herald articles.
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