Posted on 07 November 2012.
Voters handed the Democrats a 6-3 majority on the Mecklenburg County Commission Tuesday, including a sweep of a three vacant at-large seats. District 1 Commissioner Karen Bentley, a Republican who represents north Mecklenburg, easily won re-election. And Republican Robert Pittenger scored a victory over Democrat Jennifer Roberts for the newly reconfigured 9th Congressional District, which includes much of Mecklenburg and part of Iredell County.
Mecklenburg County favored Barack Obama for re-election over challenger Mitt Romney, 61 percent to 38 percent, though Mr. Romney held the edge statewide, winning North Carolina 50.45 to 48.29 percent.
The county also narrowly favored former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory for governor, giving him a 49.41 percent to 48.83 percent margin over Democrat Walter Dalton. Mr. McCrory won statewide with 54.68 percent to Mr. Dalton’s 43.16 percent.
The area’s two statehouse representatives, both Republicans, were unopposed for election. House Speaker and state Rep. Thom Tillis returns in the 98th House district, while Jeff Tarte, who won a Republican primary, was elected to the newly configured 41st state Senate District seat. He’ll be stepping down as Cornelius Mayor in January and heading to Raleigh.
In other area races, Republican Charles Jeter, currently a Huntersville commissioner, beat Democrat Robin Bradford for the new 92nd House District seat, 51.36 percent to 48.64 percent, according to unofficial returns.
Turnout in Mecklenburg County was 66.5 percent, a fairly high number typical of presidential election years.
VOTER TURNOUT BY PRECINCT DAVIDSON/CORNELIUS
127 – Hopewell Baptist Church – 2,841 ballots, 3,929 registered voters, 72.31%
206 – Davidson Town Hall – 3,564 ballots, 5,903 registered voters, 60.38%
202 – Cornelius Town Hall – 4,595 ballots, 7,255 registered voters, 63.34%
208 – Bethel Presbyterian Church – 3,172 ballots, 4,770 registered voters, 66.50%
240 – Community in Christ Lutheran Church – 3,481 ballots, 5,593 registered voters, 62.24%
242 – Jetton Park – 2,021 ballots, 2,964 registered voters, 68.18%
See more on our Election 2012 page.
Nov. 7, 2012, WFAE.org, “McCrory elected NC governor”
Nov. 7, 2012, WFAE.org, “Obama loss in NC a blow to local Democrats.” – WFAE’s Julie Rose reports on the close race.