WINSTON-SALEM — North Carolina Senate Republicans added two seats to their column in the Nov. 8 election, attaining a 30-20 advantage with 99% of precincts reporting Tuesday night.
Notable pickups included the 3rd state Senate District, won by Bobby Hanig, who was appointed to a seat in the chamber earlier this year. He defeated Democrat Valerie Jordan.
In the 4th state Senate District, former state Sen. Buck Newton will return to the legislature after defeating the incumbent, Toby Fitch.
One of the closest races of the night was in New Hanover County, where incumbent Republican Michael Lee held off Democrat Marcia Morgan by approximately 2,100 votes.
In a statement, Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Eden) said, “Tonight the voters of North Carolina spoke loud and clear. They returned a Republican supermajority to the state Senate. I want to thank the voters for their trust and support over the past seven elections. Our promise to the people of North Carolina is that the Senate Republican supermajority will continue to deliver on those priorities.”