CHARLOTTE – Several seats in Mecklenburg’s Republican strongholds flipped to Democrats during the Nov. 6 election, including the county commission and N.C. House of Representatives.
Official results won’t be available until after the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections convenes for a canvass meeting on Nov. 16.
The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners will consist of all Democrats in the next term, after Republicans Bill James, Matthew Ridenhour and Jim Puckett were defeated by challengers.
Perhaps the biggest shocker was James losing his District 6 seat to challenger Susan Rodriguez McDowell. James has been representing southern Mecklenburg for more than 20 years. McDowell won with 51.76 percent of the vote.
Incumbents Pat Cotham, George Dunlap, Trevor Fuller, Ella Scarborough and Vilma Leake will be joined by McDowell, as well as Susan Harden, Mark Jerrell and Elaine Powell.
The election saw Democrats break the Republican supermajority in the N.C. House. Republicans lost three seats in Mecklenburg County. Those were held by John Bradford, Scott Stone and Andy Dulin.
N.C. Rep. Bill Brawley, of Matthews, held off Democratic challenger Rachel Hunt by 52 votes to retain his District 103 seat. If the result holds up, Brawley will be the only Republican to win a House race in Mecklenburg County.
“There are still a large number of absentee and provisional ballots outstanding, and we are committed to ensuring that each of those votes is properly counted,” Hunt said in a statement. “I want to thank all of my supporters for their hard work and dedication, and we look forward to working with the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections in the days ahead to guarantee no voter is disenfranchised.”
Mary Belk, Chaz Beasley, Becky Carney, Carla Cunningham and Kelly Alexander were re-elected to House seats, while Christy Clark (D-98), Nasif Majeed (D-99), Carolyn Logan (D-101), Brandon Lofton (D-104) and Wesley Harris (D-105) are among new faces.
In the N.C. Senate, Jeff Jackson, Dan Bishop and Joyce Waddell retained their seats.
Bishop held off Chad Stachowicz to retain his District 39 seat, despite Democrats hitting the Republican incumbent hard for his House Bill 2 legislation, dubbed “the bathroom bill.” Bishop, who had 49,386 votes, won with 53 percent of the vote.
“I want to thank the people of District 39 for electing me to a second term in the State Senate,” Bishop tweeted. “I look forward to continuing to be a strong conservative voice for Mecklenburg County.”
N.C. Sen. Jeff Tarte lost his District 41 seat to Democratic challenger Natasha Marcus. Tarte’s district had included parts of southern Mecklenburg until this election.
Democrat Mujtaba Mohammed will succeed Joel Ford in the Senate District 38 after defeating Republican Richard Rivette.
Mecklenburg County voters collectively favored Democrat Dan McCready over Republican Mark Harris in the U.S. House of Representatives race, but support in other counties across District 9 gave Harris the edge to succeed Robert Pittenger.
Harris, who had 138,338 votes, defeated McCready by 1,860. Libertarian Jeff Scott earned 5,042 votes, or 1.8 percent.
McCready received 53.76 percent of the vote (51,188 total) in Mecklenburg.
Congresswoman Alma Adams earned a third full term after defeating Republican challenger Paul Wright in the District 12 race with 73 percent of the vote.
Adams described the success of her race and other across the nation as a “rebuke of President Trump’s agenda.”
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