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Live election results: Mecklenburg County | North Carolina Statewide

Republican Thom Tillis clinched a narrow victory over incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan in North Carolina’s bitter U.S. Senate race. The win helped Republicans win a majority in the Senate for the first time in eight years.

U.S. HOUSE of REPRESENTATIVES

Veteran Democratic state legislator Alma Adams of Greensboro handily defeated former television anchor Vince Coakley on Tuesday to replace Mel Watt in the 12th Congressional District, which includes parts of Charlotte.

Republican U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers scored a decisive victory Tuesday, claiming a third term representing the 2nd Congressional District and defeating recording star Clay Aiken. Republicans David Rouzer and Mark Walker also won NC congressional seats as the GOP increased its delegation to 10 of 13 seats.

Republicans have gained the six seats needed to take control of both houses of Congress.

N.C. GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Republican John Bradford opened a solid advantage over Democrat Natasha Marcus in Tuesday’s race for a vacated state House seat.

Republican State Sen. Jeff Tarte held onto his District 41 seat Tuesday, defeating Democratic challenger and political newcomer LaTrice McRae by a sizeable margin.

Democratic Rep. Carla Cunningham held a convincing lead over Republican candidate Trey Lowe to represent northeast Charlotte’s District 106 based on early returns Tuesday.

State Rep. Rob Bryan beat challenger Margie Storch to win a second term in the N.C. House on Tuesday, turning back an opponent who challenged both Bryan and the overall direction of the Republican-led legislature

In rematch of 2012 contest, incumbent Republican Charles Jeter was beating Democrat Robin Bradford for the N.C. House District 92 seat with 14 of 15 precincts reported.

State Sen. Joel Ford was on track for a big win against challenger Richard Rivette, reclaiming his seat in the state legislature.

Former Mecklenburg County commissioner Dan Bishop appeared to return to politics triumphantly Tuesday, taking a commanding lead in a race for a vacant state House seat.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Nikki Haley easily won a second term Tuesday as South Carolina’s governor, again defeating Democrat Vincent Sheheen.

The incumbents in the Clover School District Board of Trustees will keep their seats.

MECKLENBURG COUNTY

Democrats held on to their commanding grip of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners Tuesday after at-large incumbents Pat Cotham and Trevor Fuller won a second at-large term on the board with former Charlotte City Council member Ella Scarborough grabbing a third at-large seat.

Former Republican Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett will return to the board he left in 2006, beating Democrat Leonard Richardson Tuesday to represent District 1.

Republican incumbent Matthew Ridenhour won the District 5 seat on the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, topping Democratic challenger Art Cardenas, according to unofficial results on Tuesday.

Democrat Irwin Carmichael rose from a volunteer in the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday to lead the agency.

Nancy Carter and Shawn Greeson won seats as Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor on Tuesday.

BALLOT MEASURES

The sales tax referendum that would have sent more money to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools was “doomed” well before Superintendent Heath Morrison resigned abruptly on the eve of Election Day, school board Chairwoman Mary McCray said Wednesday.

Mecklenburg County voters Tuesday emphatically refused a quarter-cent sales tax increase that would have raised teacher salaries.

Charlotte voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved three bonds totaling $146 million, allowing the city to make improvements to neighborhoods, build affordable housing and make transportation improvements.

JUSTICE AND COURTS

North Carolina joined the rest of the nation on Tuesday with voters approving a constitutional amendment allowing those charged with a serious crime to have their cases heard by a judge, not a jury.

Three African-American women appear to have unseated incumbent male Mecklenburg judges Tuesday night while another Superior Court judge survived an unusual challenge from a candidate who stopped campaigning in August.

Democrat Elisa Chinn Gary appeared on the cusp of becoming Mecklenburg County’s next clerk of Superior Court.

Charlotte attorney John Arrowood appeared to fall short Tuesday in his bid to best 18 other candidates for a seat on the N.C. Court of Appeals.

Veteran North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Mark Martin won the chief justice’s seat, but Mecklenburg Superior Court Judge Eric Levinson trailed in his bid to make the state’s highest court.

Democrat Irwin Carmichael rose from a volunteer in the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday to lead the agency.

AROUND THE REGION

Unofficial results from Tuesday’s election showed that Kitty Barnes and Randy Isenhower reclaimed their seats on the Catawba Board of County Commissioners. Newcomer Sherry Edmonds Butler also won a seat.

With all precincts reporting, Democrat incumbent Alan Cloninger won re-election over Republican Jeff Bryson in the Gaston County Sheriff’s race. Cloninger had about 60 percent of the vote to Bryson’s 40 percent.

More than half of Union County’s school board seats were up for election Tuesday, the first chance voters had to weigh in following the board authorizing a controversial redistricting plan this year.

With all precincts reported Tuesday, Carolyn Carpenter, Tim Furr and Vince Powell won seats on the Cabarrus County school board. Voters approved school bonds and community college bonds 2 to 1 .

Republican Darren Campbell won a three-way race Tuesday for Iredell County sheriff, and voters approved multi-million-dollar bond issues for schools in the county.

Republicans Bill Beam and Martin Oakes won seats on the Lincoln Board of County Commissioners, and Candy Stevens Burgin, Joan Avery and Todd Wulfhorst took three seats on the Lincoln County Board of Education in Tuesday’s general election, according to complete, but unofficial returns.

CharlotteObserver.com