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Democrats lead in most Mecklenburg House, Senate races; Bishop leads Stachowicz

Senate leader Phil Berger seeks to keep Republicans’ supermajority in the NC Senate. Races in Mecklenburg and Wake counties could help determine whether he does.
Senate leader Phil Berger seeks to keep Republicans’ supermajority in the NC Senate. Races in Mecklenburg and Wake counties could help determine whether he does. cseward@newsobserver.com

Updated: 8 a.m. Wednesday

Democrats won most Mecklenburg County House and Senate seats Tuesday night with with all precincts reporting.

In notable Charlotte area races, GOP state Sen. Jeff Tarte, trying for a fourth term, trailed Democrat Natasha Marcus in a redrawn District 41 which stretches along west Mecklenburg from Iredell County to the South Carolina line. Marcus had 56.77 percent and Tarte had 43.23 percent.

Sen. Dan Bishop of Charlotte was one of two Republicans to lead in the Mecklenburg County House and Senate races.

GOP Rep. Bill Brawley also held a narrow lead over Democrat Rachel Hunt. Hunt became the first Mecklenburg legislative candidate to raise more than $1.2 million. Her effort to unseat Brawley was one of several urban and suburban contests targeted by Democrats. Only 52 votes separated the candidates. Brawley had 50.07 percent of the vote and Hunt had 49.93 percent. Brawley co-chairs the influential House Finance Committee. Hunt is the daughter of former Gov. Jim Hunt, who worked a poll at a Matthews precinct Tuesday.

Statewide, Democrats were successful in their efforts to break the state House supermajority that allowed Republicans to easily override vetoes by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

GOP lawmakers have been able to block Cooper’s vetoes since he took office in 2017.

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In some of the most-watched Mecklenburg races:

Bishop of Charlotte with 53.06 percent of the vote, ahead of Democratic challenger Chad Stachowicz, who had 46.94 percent in District 39. Bishop was the architect of HB2, a law that required transgender people to use government building bathrooms based on the gender on their birth certificate, not their gender identity. Bishop made headlines last week for having invested $500 in Gab, a social media site popular with white supremacists and recently used by the alleged synagogue shooter in Pittsburgh.

Republican Rep. Andy Dulin faced Democrat Brandon Lofton in southeast Charlotte District 104. Lofton had 51.63 percent of the vote, with Dulin at 48.37 percent.

Wesley Harris, a 32-year-old Democrat, led Republican incumbent Scott Stone for the south Charlotte house seat. Harris had 52.15 percent and Stone had 47.85 percent.

In north Mecklenburg, Democrat Christy Clark, a former gun safety activist, led GOP Rep. John Bradford. Clark had 50.42 percent and Bradford had 49.58 percent.

Polling places in south Charlotte and Pineville were crowded despite some rain and wind on Election Day morning

Staff writers Jim Morrill and Ely Portillo contributed.
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