Republican State Sen. Jeff Tarte held onto his District 41 seat Tuesday, defeating Democratic challenger and political newcomer LaTrice McRae by a sizeable margin.
The Republican-leaning district covers Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and parts of southeast Charlotte.
Tarte, 58, a former three-term Cornelius mayor, captured about 61 percent of the vote with 32 of 40 precincts reporting, compared with McRae’s 39 percent, according to unofficial returns.
Tarte raised $290,000 to McRae’s $7,000 during the campaign.
Tarte said his priorities include education, health care and public safety. He wants to ensure access to “a quality and affordable college degree” and, for K-12 public education, to develop a long-term comprehensive compensation plan “that is fair to every teacher.”
He said he also sought re-election to provide “a pragmatic and reasonable voice that is open-minded and respectful of different points of view” and “to be a catalyst for dialing down the cynicism and partisan rhetoric.”
Tarte was selected No. 1 most effective freshman senator from a class of 15 by two organizations, one liberal, one conservative. One ranked him eighth most effective among all 50 senators.
McRae, 35, of Matthews had said she wanted to put her experience as a mother and small-business owner to work in Raleigh. She is an accountant who owns Cason McRae Consultants, a Charlotte business advisory firm. She said her top priorities included jobs, quality education and more resources for small businesses.