NC 2013 ELECTION RESULTS
Dome: Morning Memo: Democrats claim momentum from local wins
Fresh off big wins in key municipal races Tuesday, N.C. Democrats are trying to spin the results as a reflection on the Republican legislature. In Greensboro, Councilwoman Nancy Vaughan, a Democrat, defeated incumbent Mayor Robbie Perkins by double digits, and in Charlotte, Democrat Patrick Cannon bested Edwin Peacock for mayor by 6 points. The Charlotte City Council has a 9-2 Democratic majority and the party won easily in Durham, Boone and recently Raleigh. "Tonight was a referendum on the toxic Republican agenda that has rendered public education unrecognizable, rejected healthcare for thousands of North Carolinians and overreached on local control of municipal assets,” N.C. Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller said in a statement.
Charlotte Observer: Charlotte Mayor: Democrat Patrick Cannon wins
Democrat Patrick Cannon, who rose from public housing to successful careers in business and politics, won his “life goal” Tuesday night, defeating Republican Edwin Peacock to become Charlotte’s next mayor. Riding solid support in east, west and north Charlotte, Cannon won 53.02 percent to 46.78 percent. Countywide turnout was just under 18 percent.
WCNC: Democrat Patrick Cannon elected Charlotte mayor
Democrat Patrick Cannon won a close race Tuesday night with Republican Edwin Peacock. Cannon took more than 52 percent of the vote. Peacock, a former city councilman, won precincts in south Charlotte that lean Republican, while Cannon won traditionally Democratic precincts in north, east and west Charlotte. Cannon succeeds Patsy Kinsey, who was appointed mayor after Anthony Foxx resigned to become the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
Greensboro News & Record: Nancy Vaughan cruises into Greensboro mayor’s seat
Councilwoman Nancy Vaughan knocked off Mayor Robbie Perkins in Tuesday’s election, posting a 19 percentage- point margin of victory. The lopsided victory marked the third time in a row that Greensboro voters ushered an incumbent mayor out the door after just one term — something all the more unusual because it didn’t happen at all until 2009. Perkins did it two years ago to Bill Knight. Knight did it to Yvonne Johnson in 2009.
Greensboro News & Record: Jamal Fox defeats two-term incumbent Councilman Jim Kee
Jamal Fox may lose his current job, but he’ll get a new one in December: city councilman. Fox pulled out a surprising upset on Election Day, edging out two-term incumbent Councilman Jim Kee in the District 2 race. Fox got 51.5 percent of the vote to Kee’s 48.3 percent. A mere 140 votes separated Fox from Kee. The results are complete but unofficial.
Winston-Salem Journal: Greensboro voters oust mayor
Greensboro voters have ousted their mayor for the third time in a row. Greensboro Councilwoman Nancy Vaughan defeated Mayor Robbie Perkins Tuesday. Vaughan won nearly 60 percent of the vote to defeat Perkins. Durham Mayor bill Bell easily won a seventh term in office. Bell got 87 percent of the vote against Durham minister Sylvester Williams. Asheville Vice Mayor Esther Manheimer won an easy victory to become the city’s next mayor. Manheimer defeated former city employee John Miall by getting 68 percent of the vote.
High County Press: Democrats take Boone in commanding fashion: Ball wins mayoral race; Brantz, David, Pena for Council
A 31st birthday and a resounding win in the Boone mayoral race makes for a pretty sweet Tuesday for current Councilman Andy Ball, who won with more than 58 percent of the vote in a four-person race. Coming in second place, according to unofficial results, is John Mena with 502 votes. Brad Harmon raked in 150 votes, while college student Jenny Church had a strong showing for a write-in candidate with 113 votes. The totals for the Watauga County municipal elections are unofficial until canvassing takes place next Tuesday to count provisional ballots and any last-minute, post-marked absentee ballots. Watauga County Elections Director Jane Ann Hodges said 117 provisional ballots were cast, with 108 of those being at the Boone 2 Legends precinct.
Watauga Democrat: Ball sweeps Boone mayoral race
On his 31st birthday, Andy Ball was elected Tuesday to a four-year term as the mayor of Boone, dominating a race that included four candidates. In unofficial results, Ball, a Democrat, garnered a total of 1,066 votes, followed by independent John Mena at 502, Republican Brad Harmon at 150 and write-in independent Jenny Church at 113. Ball said his research leads him to believe he is the youngest person to be elected mayor in Boone.
WITN: Outlaw Wins New Bern Mayor’s Race
Election returns show Dana Outlaw has defeated fellow alderman Sabrina Bengel to win the mayor’s race in New Bern. The two faced off in a runoff election after neither won a majority in the October election. The unofficial returns from the Craven County Board of Elections shows Outlaw with 2,763 votes (52%) while Bengel had 2,526 (48%) for a difference of 237 votes. Outlaw told WITN Monday the most important issue to him is to make sure the city is run on a sound financial footing, that there are enough revenues for expenses and that employees won’t have to worry about layoffs.
WNCT: Dana Outlaw defeats Sabrina Bengel for New Bern mayor
In New Bern, it was a close race between two mayoral candidates, with a surprising end result. Alderman Dana Outlaw caught up from behind and defeated alderman Sabrina Bengel by just 237 votes. Outlaw won 52 percent of the vote to Bengel’s 48 percent. Nearly 5,300 voted in the mayoral election. Just a month ago, Bengel, the New Bern mayor pro tem, was the frontrunner in the race after she and Outlaw beat four other candidates to compete in the runoff election. Outlaw says he campaigned hard to overcome the challenges of being the underdog. "About a week ago, I had to put a piece of duct tape on that shoe there, because I made a point for the last 30 days to get out and meet the people," said Outlaw. Outlaw says after getting a new pair of shoes, his first order of business as mayor is meeting with the city manager and staff. "I really want them to help me get the word out and make sure we’ll all on the same page," he said. Bengel declared defeat shortly after 8 PM on Tuesday.
The Duke Chronicle: Bill Bell wins mayoral election again
Incumbent Bill Bell has won a seventh term as the mayor of Durham. The general election for Mayor of Durham and City Council took place Tuesday night, showing a 18,299 voter turnout. After 98.36 percent of percent of precincts reported, Bell won against opponent Sylvester Williams with 86.54 percent of the vote. “I take the role of being mayor seriously and I try to provide support to move the city forward,” Bell said of his coming term, noting progress made in developing neighborhoods in the downtown area. “We have challenges, but that’s to be expected in growing a city such as Durham.”
ABC 11: Durham Mayor Bill Bell wins easily
Durham Mayor Bill Bell won his seventh term in a landslide victory Tuesday. Bell defeated East Durham minister Sylvester Williams by taking 87 percent of the vote. Bell has been Durham’s mayor since 2001. He believes his win shows the Bull City is moving in the right direction. "I’m very thankful for the people that supported me through their contributions, the votes of confidence, and their votes," said Bell. "I think it bodes well for Durham that people are satisfied with way this city is going and we’re going to try and keep making that move in that direction."
Citizen-Times: Wisler, Smith, Bothwell wins council seats
Political newcomer Gwen Wisler was the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s Asheville City Council race, which also saw incumbents Cecil Bothwell and Gordon Smith re-elected, according to unofficial results.Wisler received 28 percent of the vote, followed by Smith with 27.4 percent and Bothwell with 25 percent. Mike Lanning had just less than 11 percent and Jonathan Wainscott had 8.1 percent of the vote. Also, Bothwell said, the General Assembly has constricted Asheville’s ability to grow through annexation, and council should work toward getting the legislature to allow the city to increase the hotel room tax to generate more revenues. The city has had a contentious relationship with state legislators, particularly Tim Moffitt, R-Buncombe, who spearheaded the effort to put the city’s water system under the regionally-controlled Metropolitan Sewerage District.
Citizen-Times: Manheimer easily wins Asheville mayor race
Esther Manheimer coasted to a win Tuesday over former city employee John Miall in the race to become the city’s next mayor. Manheimer, who is now vice mayor, got 68.4 percent of the vote to Miall’s 31.1 percent in complete, unofficial returns. A handful of write-in votes account for the rest. “I tried to focus on the issues and tried to give the voters an opportunity to know me better,” Manheimer said. Apparently, it worked. Manheimer’s victory was so complete that her downtown victory party was winding down shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday. She won every precinct in which more than 100 people voted.
WRAL: Businessman wins tight Fayetteville mayoral race
Businessman Nat Robertson narrowly defeated City Councilwoman Val Applewhite Tuesday to become Fayetteville’s next mayor. With 95 percent of precincts reporting, Robertson led Applewhite by a 51-49 percent margin, according to unofficial results. Applewhite said late Tuesday that she will not concede the race until the results are declared official, which will take about a week.
2013 ELECTION NATIONWIDE
Politico: Peter Shumlin hails Terry McAuliffe win as slap to GOP
The chairman of the Democratic Governors Association called Terry McAuliffe’s election in Virginia a rebuke to the national GOP and discounted Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s thumping victory in New Jersey as a testament to the politics of personality. Speaking with POLITICO by phone Wednesday morning, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said McAuliffe’s narrow victory over Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was a harbinger of the midterm governor’s races of 2014.
Daily Press: Northam defeats Jackson for lieutenant governor
Democrat Ralph Northam earned a decisive win Tuesday in the race for lieutenant governor, defeating conservative Republican E. W. Jackson. The Associated Press called the race for Northam roughly two hours after the polls closed at 7 p.m. Northam, a state senator with ties to the Eastern Shore and South Hampton Roads, will succeed Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling. A Democrat has not held that office since Tim Kaine, who went on to become Virginia’s governor and now serves in the U.S. Senate.
Huffington Post: Women, Unmarried Voters Key To McAuliffe’s Virginia Victory
Women and unmarried voters played a crucial role in Democratic businessman Terry McAuliffe’s surprisingly narrow win in the Virginia governor’s race over Republican state attorney general Ken Cuccinelli. Polls throughout the race found Cuccinelli, a tea party-backed social conservative, lagging among women. While final exit poll results weren’t yet available, data late Tuesday showed McAuliffe leading Cuccinelli by 9 percentage points among women, 51 percent to 42 percent. Cuccinelli had a 3-point lead among men, 48 percent to 45 percent. The division along the lines of marital status was especially stark. Cuccinelli was ahead among married people of both genders, with a 6-point lead among married men and a 9-point lead among married women. But unmarried voters, especially women, preferred McAuliffe by wide margins. He beat Cuccinelli by 25 points among unmarried men and 42 points among unmarried women. Unmarried voters made up about a third of Tuesday’s electorate, according to polls.
NY Times: New York’s next mayor, an audacious liberal
The sidewalk outside the subway station in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, was crowded on Tuesdaymorning. Bill de Blasio bent his 6-foot-5 frame again and again to shake hands. The spot had been chosen with care. It was here, in 1991, that New York City’s deep racial divide had exploded into three days of violence, when Mr. de Blasio was a low-level aide to Mayor David N. Dinkins. Mr. de Blasio’s opponent this year,Joseph J. Lhota, had pointed to that dark episode as a reason not to vote for him, as a warning of the bad times that Mr. Lhota predicted would return if he were elected.
Wicked Local: Walsh wins Boston mayor’s race
State Rep. Martin Walsh was elected mayor of Boston on Tuesday, defeating City Councilor and fellow Democrat John Connolly in the hard-fought race to succeed longtime Mayor Thomas Menino. Walsh told jubilant supporters gathered for a victory party that he would make the city a place where "dreams come true." Unofficial results with all of the votes counted showed Walsh with 52 percent to Connolly’s 48 percent. "My parents had big dreams for their kids, but I’m not sure it was this big," Walsh said. Walsh said he had received a call from President Barack Obama moments before taking the stage. He said he’d also received a call from Menino. Walsh invoked the city’s response to the Marathon bombing and the unlikely World Series victory by the Red Sox to characterize Boston as a place where hard work, hope and heart are rewarded.
CNN: 5 things we learned from Election Night 2013
There was little drama in the four key races we were watching Tuesday night. But the off-year elections were viewed as much for what they would say about next year’s midterm elections and the next presidential contest in three years. Here are five things we learned Tuesday night:
Washington Post: 6 takeaways from Election Night 2013
Terry McAuliffe is the next governor of Virginia. Chris Christie has won a historic reelection victory in New Jersey. Now comes our favorite part of elections — sorting through the data! We’ll have a big winners and losers post tomorrow on The Fix but wanted to offer a handful of thoughts on what we’ve seen tonight and what it might mean.
Dome: Cowell name one of top public fund manager
State Treasurer Janet Cowell has been named to Sovereign Wealth Fund’s Public Investor 100 list for 2013. Cowell was ranked 21st, the second highest in the country after Joseph Dear, chief investment officer for the California Pubic Employees Retirement System. The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute is a global organization designed to study sovereign wealth funds and long-term governmental investors in the areas of investing, asset allocation, risk, governance, economics, policy, trade, and other relevant issues. "Being a steward of more than $80 billion in public pension fund money, Janet has rallied for increased independence at the North Carolina Retirement Systems,” the report said. It added that "North Carolina has outperformed the national average for public pension funds by 22 percent.”
Charlotte Observer: Is North Carolina a year from a GOP reckoning?
The calendar has turned to November and the event that many North Carolina Democrats feel can’t come quickly enough is officially a year away – Election Day 2014. Democratic turnout tends to surge in presidential election years, but the mid-term elections of 2014 have acquired an unusual urgency for North Carolina Democrats and perhaps Democrats nationally. That urgency here was created by the Republican sweep of the last mid-term election in 2010. The GOP took control of the General Assembly for the first time in more than a century and then strengthened its hand by gaining a wider majority in both chambers in 2012 and taking the governor’s office for the first time in 20 years. Democrats who had become complacent about holding power found themselves not only on the outs, but also being pounded by Republicans driven by both their pent-up frustrations from being so long in the minority and the absolutism of their tea party wing. The past year, which Gov. Pat McCrory has called the “most productive” start of any governorship, has felt for Democrats like the “most destructive” of the state’s modern era.
Washington Post: The (GOP) Empire promises to strike back
One year out from the 2014 midterm elections, a key staffer for the National Republican Senatorial Committee issued a stern warning to outside groups that the establishment is ready and willing to strike back in critical primaries next year. NRSC executive director Rob Collins told reporters during a briefing on Tuesday the committee was in “the wins business” and if that meant spending in primary contests to keep their general election candidate viable or an incumbent safe, so be it. “There’s no rules,” NRSC executive director Rob Collins said. “I treat every state differently, the path to getting a general election candidate who can win is the only thing we care about.” The tough talk is the latest salvo from the NRSC in the ongoing spat with outside conservative groups who threaten to derail establishment-backed candidates with primary challengers that some Republicans feel are not ready for prime time.
Navy Times: Vet candidate switches parties, cites shutdown
An Iraq war veteran running for Congress has abruptly switched political parties, saying the Republican role in forcing a 17-day government shutdown has made him decide to run as a Democrat. Jason R. Thigpen, a six-year Army veteran and former staff sergeant who was a gun truck commander on convoy security in Iraq from December 2008 to January 2010, is running for the North Carolina congressional seat held by Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. Thigpen had been running as a Republican but on Thursday announced on his blog he had changed his mind after talking with his wife, Tiffany, an active-duty Marine stationed at Camp Lejuene, N.C. That installation is part of the congressional district that also includes the New River and Cherry Point Marine Corps air stations.
USA Today: Warning flags for the Tea Party and Democrats in 2014
As voters in some states cast ballots Tuesday, warning signs flared for Tea Party forces and the Democratic Party about their prospects in the broader and more critical midterm elections precisely one year from now. The staying power of the conservative movement that burst onto the scene four years ago was called into question in this year’s marquee contests. Tea Party nemesis Chris Christie swept to a landslide re-election as governor in New Jersey, a case study in how more moderate Republicans can carry even Democratic-leaning states. Tea Party favorite Ken Cuccinelli lost a closer race against Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor in Virginia, a contest establishment Republicans thought they could have won with a more mainstream candidate.
The Daily Beast: An Eye on Next Year’s Hottest Race: Kentucky
I’ll have more to say later today and tomorrow on last night’s results. But let’s start the morning, now that that election is over, thinking about the next one. A year from today, we’ll wake up to find out who’s in control of the United States Senate—and to see what new faces will emerge there (and which old faces the new ones will be sending off to pasture). One old face not looking so hot right now is Mitch McConnell’s. He’s being challenged first by a tea-party primary opponent, Matt Bevin. They’re already slugging it out, for a primary that will happen next May 20. McConnell is way ahead at this point, but Bevin has money (a bell manufacturer, of all odd things; I’d like to be at the Courier-Journal writing the headlines if he wins). But McConnell’s more serious opponent is the Democratic front-runner, Alison Lundergan Grimes. I’vewritten about her before. Grimes has mostly been leading McConnell in polls. They’re often within the margin of error, but still, they show she’s a strong contender, they ensure that she’ll be able to raise plenty of money, and so on.
Huffington Post: 2013 Elections: Governor, Mayor, Congress
Polls have shown Democrat Terry McAuliffe leading Republican Ken Cuccinelli, the state’s attorney general, in the governor’s race. Libertarian Robert Sarvis could help future candidates from his party get on the ballot if he gets at least 10 percent.
The Hill: Clinton all the rage among Dems
Suddenly, congressional Democrats are catching Hillary Clinton fever. It’s still three years until the next presidential election, but already her endorsements from party leaders are piling up. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) delivered a speech in Iowa over the weekend urging Clinton to run in 2016, and other Democrats are touting her potential candidacy. Democratic strategists say it makes sense for lawmakers to line up behind Clinton — even before she’s announced her candidacy — because she is virtually assured of winning the party’s nomination. “She’s the prohibitive front-runner. She’s in a stronger position than anyone seeking the nomination other than an incumbent president in the last 40 years,” said Tad Devine, a Democratic strategist who worked on Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign and John Kerry’s 2004 bid. “That’s a powerful inducement for figures to offer her early support,” he said.
The Hill: Plagiarism charges test Paul’s 2016 run
Sen. Rand Paul’s readiness for a presidential run in 2016 is being put to the test by the plagiarism charges swirling around him. In an attempt to quiet the controversy, the Kentucky Republican’s office on Tuesday said the vetting process for his speeches would be changed so that “supporting facts and anecdotes” are clearly sourced. But Paul’s handling of the controversy has raised broader questions about whether he’s ready for the intense media scrutiny that a run for the White House entails.
The Daily Beast: What Tuesday’s Election Returns Mean for 2016
By 2010, that wave, known as the Tea Party, had landed, upending Washington, D.C., and ushering in what appears to be an era of permanent gridlock on Capitol Hill. In 2005 the reverse was true—a string of Democratic victories up and down the ballot presaged the shellacking the Republicans would take in 2006 and again in 2008. And now that the 2013 elections are in the books, what do they tell us about the nation’s political landscape, with 2014 midterm campaigning in full swing and the 2016 presidential campaign close to beginning in earnest? First, we must proceed with caution. Elections a year from now have a way of defying predictions. In November 2012 Christie was widely assumed to face a vigorous reelection challenge in New Jersey, Bill de Blasio was a second-tier contender in the race for New York City mayor, and the phrase “Terry McAuliffe, governor of Virginia,” drew sneers. Still, a few takeaways can be had from this Election Night.
Washington Post: Book raises questions about N.J. Gov. Chris Christie’s past
Christie’s gubernatorial reelection campaign is about much more than winning a second term to enhance his power in New Jersey. He and his advisers hope that the outcome will send a message to a divided Republican Party about how it can win in places where its presidential candidates have been losing. The road test was for a possible campaign for president in 2016. In one way, Christie is taking a page from the playbook of former president George W. Bush, who used his 1998 gubernatorial reelection campaign in Texas to make himself the favorite for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000. Like Bush, Christie is trying to win by the biggest possible margin and show that, despite his conservative positions, he can attract support from constituencies long tied to the Democrats.
Political Wire: Illinois Approves Same Sex Marriage
The Illinois General Assembly "narrowly approved a gay marriage bill, clearing the way for Illinois to become the 15th state to legalize same-sex unions," the Chicago Tribune reports. "The bill got 61 votes in the House, one more than the bare minimum needed to send the measure back to the Senate, which quickly signed off. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has said he would sign the bill into law should it reach his desk."
Politico: Persistence pays in fight for marriage equality
She and her beloved Thea were finally married — in Canada in 2007, decades after they became engaged. Yet they, and countless others, were still denied most of the rights enjoyed by other married couples — from tax status to health benefits. Two years after they married, Thea died, leaving her entire estate to Edie. But Edie was denied the federal estate tax exemption for surviving spouses because their same-sex union wasn’t recognized under federal law. Edie wouldn’t let that stand, taking her fight against the Defense of Marriage Act to court.Edie Windsor demanded something that shouldn’t have been revolutionary: to be treated with the full dignity and respect she knew she deserved. Like Rosa Parks before her, she is a smart, strong and quiet woman who knew what she was doing when she insisted on her rights. No one person changes the world alone. Edie and her legal team were part of a political movement that included many activists, lawyers and strategists, and that movement created an unstoppable momentum. Edie is now a voice and a face of that movement. She also is an inspiration to me and countless others. When the Supreme Court ruled in her favor — in favor of equality — there was dancing in the streets; there were high-fives and hugs, tweets of disbelief and tears of joy from people of all sexual identities. So many people push the rock of injustice uphill, year after year, only to have it roll back down. Edie’s fight served as an inspiration not only for gays and lesbians but for all who yearn for justice, fairness and equality.
"On Friday, about one-third of the abortion clinics in Texas started calling women to cancel long-standing appointments and turning away panicked, crying patients who showed up at the door. Abortion rights advocates had breathed a sigh of relief at the beginning of the week when a district judge blocked part of Texas’s controversial new anti-abortion law from going into effect, but the Fifth Circuit lifted the injunction three days later, enacting the law on November 1—at least until it hears arguments this January. The moment the law took effect, in particular the often unfulfillable requirement that doctors who perform abortions get admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the abortion landscape in Texas drastically changed. With their case, Planned Parenthood v. Abbott (jointly filed by Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and a Texas firm on behalf of a number of Texas women’s health clinics), languishing in the Fifth Circuit until 2014, abortion-rights advocates resorted to the only court that could put the injunction back in place: the Supreme Court, which they petitioned for "emergency relief" on Monday. For now, the Supreme Court’s only decision is whether to reinstate the injunction until the case is decided (and that will be up to the zealously anti-abortion Justice Antonin Scalia, since he oversees the Fifth Circuit and any emergency petitions that arise from it). But observers are already wondering if the Texas law could find its way back to the nation’s highest court, to be debated in full there, after the Fifth Circuit rules.
Dome: Mailer lures parents to voucher program
Triangle families are finding a different kind of ad in their mailbox along with election season mailers. Cards with pictures of smiling blond children point parents to a website to see if they qualify for “Opportunity Scholarships,” which provide taxpayer dollars for private school tuition. The personalized mailers address the recipient by first name, adding, “our state now provides money for private school. Now YOU have a choice!” Cards include a website that include the recipient’s name, along with a QR code to scan for information about the vouchers. A red ribbon across the corner says, “ACT NOW.” The scholarships give parents of economically disadvantaged children up to $4,200 for a year of private school. Earlier this year, the legislature funded the program with $10 million for 2014-15.
Micah Beasley, Press Secretary
North Carolina Democratic Party
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