Turnout: Turnout in Dare County was anemic:  900 votes cast from the County’s 26,000 registered voters for a turnout rate of 3.43%, the lowest in the State.

Local Results

Sheriff (Rep): Doug Doughtie beats Ryan White 77.75% to 22.25%.  Mr. White was unable to carry even his Precinct of Chicamacomico.  The entire island of Hatteras went for Doughtie by more than two to one, 85 votes to 41 votes.  Mr. Doughtie will face incumbent Rodney Midgett in November.

Register of Deeds (Dem): Incumbent Vanzolla  McMurran beat Craig Garriss 63% to 37% to keep her position.  There is no opposition in November.

School Board:  All members will keep their seats.  There was no opposition in any of the races.   Winners are Holton Bond, Margaret Lawler and Ben Cahoon

US Congressional Races

US Senate (Rep): Incumbent Richard Burr beats all of his opponents in a four way race.  He took 80% of the vote statewide and 79% of the vote in Dare County.  He’ll face Elaine Marshall (see below) in November

US Senate (Dem): Elaine Marshall beats her five opponents.  Statewide she garnered 36% of the vote and 53% of the vote in Dare County

US Congress (Rep): Walter Jones bests his two opponents in the three way Primary.  He won 77% of the vote statewide and 71% of the vote in Dare County.  Statewide, Cavanaugh picked up 15% of the vote, 20% in Dare County.  Craig Weber had 8% of the vote statewide and 9% of the vote in Dare County.


Court of Appeals: Incumbent Ann Calabria and Jane Gray will face off in November.  Calabria took 37% of the vote statewide to Gray’s 36%.  In Dare County, Calabria won 40% of the vote to Gray’s 38%.

Court of Appeals: Incumbent Rick Elmore and Steven Walker will go head to head in November.  Elmore won 29% of the vote statewide while Walker won 39%.  In Dare County, the percentages were Walker 39%, Elmore 28%.

Find all the local election results here.

Find statewide election results here.


Another prospective Democrat challenger for Richard Burr’s US Senate seat has declined to run in 2010.   Dennis Wicker, former Lieutenant Governor and former member of the NC House of Representatives has declined to run.  Wicker cited the difficulty in raising $15M to wage both a primary and general election campaign.  Last week, Congressman Bob Etheridge of the 2nd NC Congressional District and former NC State Senator Hal Cunningham both declined to run.  That makes Elaine Marshall, current NC Secretary of State, the only declared Democrat candidate.

The good news for Burr is that his approval ratings have increased almost 10% over the past month according to a poll done by Public Policy Polling.  The November 12 poll shows his approval/disapproval rating moving from 36/35 in October to 40/31 in November.  Those upward trends are across all voters.  His biggest jump, a whopping 47% increase, came from among Democrat voters.  He’s up 28% among Independents and up 7% among Republican voters.  The polling also shows Burr beating all potential Democrat rivals including Marshall (45/34).

Despite the positive polling, let’s not get complacent and assume that this seat will remain RED.   The Dems want this seat badly and they will fight for it.

The News and Observer is reporting that NC State Congressman Bob Etheridge will not challenge Senator Burr in 2010.  Bob Etheridge was seen by the Democrats as a strong potential candidate so this is a setback for them.  There are several Democrat candidates who have announced a run but all are trailing Burr in recent polls.  See North Carolina Senate 201o Poll here http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/