3/4/20: WITH STEVE HOUSE’S VICTORY IN YESTERDAY’S PRIMARY, SOUTHERN SHORES HAS THREE RESIDENTS COMPETING IN LOCAL ELECTIONS IN NOVEMBER; Plus Some Super Tuesday Results (Bloomberg Drops Out)

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Bobby Hanig and Steve House emerged victorious in their respective primaries yesterday.

Incumbent Dare County Commissioner Steve House, of Southern Shores, easily defeated challenger Paul Wright of Kitty Hawk in yesterday’s Republican primary for his District 3 seat—setting up a contest in November between two Southern Shores residents.

Mr. House will face Democrat Kathy McCullough-Testa, a long-time management consultant, also of Southern Shores, for election to the County Commission seat that represents Duck, Southern Shores, and Kitty Hawk.

Mr. House received 1,815 votes (60.8 percent) to Mr. Wright’s 1,169 votes (39.2 percent).

Mr. House, who owns First Flight Home Services in Kitty Hawk, is married to Cheryl House, the Dare County Register of Deeds.

In the only other primary yesterday for local office, incumbent N.C. House-District 6 Representative Bobby Hanig, a Republican, defeated Rob Rollason by a decisive margin, earning 6,122 votes (70.8 percent) to Mr. Rollason’s 2,527 votes (29.2 percent).

Mr. Hanig also will face a Democratic challenger from Southern Shores: political consultant Tommy Fulcher, whose wife, Elizabeth Morey, is Mayor Pro Tem of Southern Shores.

Three other seats on the seven-member Dare County Board of Commissioners are up for election this year, but the candidates did not have primary challenges.

Board Chairman and District 2 Republican Robert Woodard will face Democrat Amanda Hooper Walters of Kill Devil Hills in November.

Both District 1 Commissioner Wally Overman of Manteo, a Republican, and District 4 commissioner Danny Couch of Buxton, a Democrat, are running unopposed.

Democrat Tess Judge of Kitty Hawk will challenge Republican State Senator Bob Steinburg of Edenton in November for his N.C. Senate seat. Mrs. Judge previously ran unsuccessfully in 2018 for Mr. Hanig’s House seat.

MIKE BLOOMBERG DROPS OUT, ENDORSES JOE BIDEN, WHO WON N.C.

Earlier this morning former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg ended his bid to become the Democratic nominee for U.S. president, after a poor showing in all 14 states that had Super Tuesday primaries, and endorsed Vice President Joe Biden.

Mr. Bloomberg finished third in North Carolina’s Democratic primary, earning 13 percent of the vote to the victorious Mr. Biden’s 43 percent and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’s 24 percent.

(Question: Why do you suppose Mr. Bloomberg won American Samoa’s six delegates?)

In North Carolina’s Republican primary for the U.S. presidential nomination, President Donald Trump trounced all contenders, earning 93.5 percent of the votes cast. “No preference” actually finished second with 2.5 percent!

By now you undoubtedly know the results of all of the primary contests in North Carolina. We have discovered that spectrumlocalnews.com presents a nice, tidy rundown of the returns:

See https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/coastal/politics/election-returns

Some highlights: Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, who garnered 78.1 percent of the votes cast in his primary, will face former N.C. State Senator Cal Cunningham (57 percent), who vied with current State Senator Erica Smith (34.8 percent) for the Democratic nomination; and N.C. Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, will run against his Republican lieutenant governor, Dan Forest, for the state’s highest office.

Both Governor Cooper and Lieutenant Governor Forest had overwhelming victories yesterday, earning 87.2 percent and 89 percent, respectively, of the votes cast in their primaries.

The Democratic primary for lieutenant governor remains unresolved because no candidate received the required 30 percent of the vote to win outright. N.C. House Representative Yvonne Holley, of Raleigh, finished first with 26.6 percent, and N.C. State Senator Terry Van Duyn, of Asheville-Buncombe County, came in second with 20.4 percent.

Ms. Van Duyn announced late last night that she would decide today whether or not to seek a runoff. She and Ms. Holley finished ahead of four other candidates.

The winner will face Republican Mark Robinson, a political newcomer from Greensboro, in November.

REMEMBER: THE TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TODAY AT 5:30 p.m. IN THE PITTS CENTER. THERE WILL BE TWO PUBLIC-COMMENT PERIODS ON THE MEETING AGENDA, WHICH IS RELATIVELY LIGHT. 

Ann G. Sjoerdsma, 3/4/20

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