Tillis talks Senate goals: Repeal Obamacare, OK pipeline

Senator-elect Thom Tillis speaks at Cornelius Town Hall (Jonathan Cox/CorneliusNews.net)

Senator-elect Thom Tillis speaks at Cornelius Town Hall (Jonathan Cox/CorneliusNews.net/ DavidsonNews.net)

By JONATHAN COX
DavidsonNews.net/CorneliusNews.net

Senator-elect Thom Tillis got right to the point Wednesday, after defeating incumbent US Sen. Kay Hagan (D-North Carolina) by a narrow margin of 1.68 percentage points Tuesday: He wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, approve the Keystone XL Pipeline and act on other Republican issues that had been stalled in the Democrat-led Senate.

At a press conference Wednesday morning at Cornelius Town Hall, the Cornelius Republican and current NC House Speaker  fielded questions about the costly negative ad campaigns that dominated television and radio during the race, discussed plans for GOP legislation, and talked about the importance of bipartisan cooperation.

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Tillis wins Senate seat, GOP wins area races; Dems keep county commission; sales tax fails

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Thom Tillis

Thom Tillis (David Boraks/CorneliusNews.net / DavidsonNews.net)


Updated Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Republican Thom Tillis of Cornelius continued his rapid rise through the political ranks Tuesday, unseating incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan by a narrow margin, 48.9 percent to 47.2 percent. Tillis’s election result came late in the evening, and tipped the balance, giving Republicans 51 seats and control of the Senate. Continue Reading

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Bradford outpolls Marcus for District 98 seat

John Bradford (right) with wife Shea and two of his kids, listens as a campaign aide announces his victory Tuesday night at The Rusty Rudder in Cornelius. (Jonathan Cox photo)

John Bradford (second from right) with wife Shea and two of his kids, listens as a campaign aide announces his victory Tuesday night at The Rusty Rudder in Cornelius. (Jonathan Cox photo)

District 98
(all prcts)
Party Votes Percent
John R. Bradford III REP 14,513 54.97%
Natasha Marcus DEM 11,889 45.03%

Updated Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Republican John Bradford outpolled Democrat Natasha Marcus by about 10 percentage points to win the vacant 98th District state House of Representatives seat.

Bradford’s supporters – including fellow commissioner Jim Duke and mayor Chuck Travis – gathered at the Rusty Rudder in Cornelius to watch the results of the election come in. An announcement of Bradford’s victory was greeted with raucous applause. Continue Reading

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Tarte holds onto his seat in Senate Dist. 41

Jeff Tarte

Jeff Tarte


Senate District 41
(all prcts)
Party Votes Percent
Jeff Tarte REP 35,482 60.47%
Latrice McRae DEM 23,196 39.53%

State Sen. Jeff Tarte (R-Cornelius) beat political newcomer Latrice McRae at polls Tuesday to retain control of his 41st District state Senate seat.

Running on a platform that emphasized his accomplishments as a freshman senator, Tarte focused on improving transportation infrastructure, slashing “runaway Medicaid costs,” and cutting regulations that hamper businesses in the Charlotte area.

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Carmichael to be next Mecklenburg County sheriff

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Irwin Carmichael

Mecklenburg Sheriff
(all prcts)
Party Votes Percent
Irwin Carmichael DEM 152,332 59.80%
Chris Hailey REP 102,420 40.20%

Updated Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
Democrat Irwin Carmichael of Huntersville won election as the next Mecklenburg County Sheriff Tuesday, defeating Republican Chris Hailey with nearly 60 percent of the vote. He’ll replace current sheriff Chipp Bailey, who is retiring.

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Dems win at-large seats, keep county commission edge

Updated Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

Mecklenburg County
Commission At-Large
(all prcts)
Party Votes Percent
Pat Cotham DEM 146,355 24.03%
Ella Scarborough DEM 128,270 21.06%
Trevor Fuller DEM 124,211 20.40%
Emily Zuyus REP 109,357 17.96%
Scott Carlisle REP 100,801 16.55%

Democrats retained control of the Mecklenburg County Commission Tuesday, as voters went for all three Democratic at-large candidates and maintained the party balance among the district seats.

Incumbent commissioners Patricia Cotham and chairman Trevor Fuller kept their seats, while voters picked Democrat and former Charlotte City Council member Ella Scarborough for the third at-large seat.

The election gives Democrats a 6-3 majority on the commission for the next term.

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Puckett wins back his District 1 seat

Updated Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

Mecklenburg County
Commission Dist. 1
(all prcts)
Party Votes Percent
Jim Puckett REP 24,684 54.87%
Leonard Richardson DEM 20,303 45.13%
Jim Puckett

Jim Puckett

Republican Jim Puckett won back his old District seat on the Mecklenburg County Commission Tuesday, outpolling Democrat Leonard Richardson 54 percent to 46 percent, with 20 0f 21 precincts counted, according to unofficial results.

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Jeter wins re-election in House District 92

Updated Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

State House
District 92
(all prcts)
Party Votes Percent
Charles Jeter REP 11,734 52.55%
Robin Bradford DEM 10,598 47.45%
Rep. Charles Jeter

Rep. Charles Jeter

In a rematch of a race two years ago, incumbent state Rep. Charles Jeter (R-Huntersville) defeated Democrat Robin Bradford to hold on to his seat.

With all 15 precincts reporting, Jeter had about 52.5 percent to Bradford’s 47.4 percent. Continue Reading

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Election Day is here, polls open 6:30am-7:30pm

election 2014 bugElection Day is here. Polls will be open across Mecklenburg County on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, from 6:30am to 7:30pm, as voters make their picks in races from US Senate at the top of the ballot to county commission and statehouse seats. Continue Reading

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Election Day is for kids, too

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K-12 students have the opportunity to experience Election 2014 and civics in action through the Kids Voting mock election, a non-partisan education program of Charlotte’s GenerationNation. Continue Reading

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