Millions of North Carolina voters headed to the polls Nov. 6 to make their voices heard.
As the heated election season comes to an end, many winning candidates said they truly appreciate the support of the voters and said they look forward getting straight to work.
In local contests, incumbent Republican Nelson Dollar won against Democratic challenger Lisa Baker in North Carolina House District 36.
“I want to thank the voters for giving me another opportunity to serve the citizens and families of the 36th District,” said Dollar. “We are blessed to live in communities with an outstanding quality of life. My job is to continue to support improvements and progress in our area especially in job growth, education and infrastructure. You can be sure I will put my experience and leadership position in the NC House to work for our district.”
Another Republican incumbent who won re-election was North Carolina House District 37 Representative Paul Stam who defeated Democratic challenger Jason Wunsch.
“I really appreciate the trust that the people of Southern Wake County have placed in me,” said Stam. “I take this responsibility very seriously. The first thing I will do is talk with the Governor-Elect Pat McCrory and to Speaker (Thom) Tillis and President Pro Tem (Phil) Berger about the order in which we take up the initiatives that we discussed during the campaign.”
In North Carolina House District 41 race, Republican Tom Murry, the incumbent, also was able to regain his seat with a win against Democrat Jim Messina.
In the Wake County Board of Commissioners District 4 race, Democratic candidate Caroline Sullivan defeated Republican candidate Dale Cooke.
Sullivan said she was excited to get to work.
“I am honored to have the support of the voters in Wake County,” said Sullivan. “I promise to work hard, be a good listener and do my best to make thoughtful and responsible decisions for our citizens. As we move ahead,
I look forward to working with all of the members of the Board of Commissioners. I hope that in the coming year, we can address the critical issue of capacity in our public schools and work with the community and the school board on a plan to ease the overcrowding in our classrooms.”
In the North Carolina State Senate District race, Republican Tamara Barringer captured victory over Democratic candidate Erv Portman.
In the race for North Carolina Governor, Pat McCrory became the first Republican governor in more than two decades. McCrory beat Democratic candidate Walter Dalton with 54.68 percent of the votes.
In the United States Presidential race, North Carolinians chose Republican Mitt Romney as the candidate they hoped would win the White House. Romney captured 2,252,645 North Carolina votes while. President Barack Obama captured 2,156,025.
Although President Obama did not capture North Carolina’s electoral votes, he did win re-election. President Obama captured 302 electoral votes to Romney’s 206 electoral votes.