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News Incumbents sweep in Macon primary

Sheriff Robbie HollandRunoff expected in Jackson sheriff race

Results for the 2014 primary elections began rolling into the Macon County Board of Education office around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday night. As all 15 precincts delivered votes to the courthouse, the unofficial final totals were tallied just before 10 p.m.

In all three races in Macon County, the incumbents more than secured their seats. Countywide, of the 24,980 registered voters, 5,005 exercised their right to vote. With 3,353 Republicans and 1,630 Democrats, 10 Libertarian and 12 nonpartisan, the voter turnout was at 20.04 percent in Macon County.

In the Democratic Register of Deeds Primary, Incumbent Todd Raby secured his seat with 1,123, or 70 percent of the votes. “I am humbled and grateful and want to congratulate Mrs. Tallent and Mr. Blaine on running a great race,” said Raby. “I hope that the community will continue to support me this fall.

Jim TateRaby will face Republican challenger Jamie Cochran in the November general election.

Macon County Republicans had two local offices to vote on in the primary ballot, Sheriff and District I Commissioner. Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland sealed his seat for another four years by defeating challenger Bryan Carpenter by 2,371 votes. Holland garnered 85 percent or 2,844 votes compared to Carpenter’s 14 percent or 473 votes.

"I am honored to have been re-elected to a fourth term and look forward to continuing to serve my community,” said Holland. “I will continue to give 100 percent of myself and so will the great group of men and women that proudly serve at the Sheriff's Office. I am so thankful for the support of my family, friends and all those who came out to vote. I am truly blessed beyond any words.”

With no Democratic challenger, while Holland’s name will appear on the ballot in November, he will run unopposed.

Todd RabyIn the Macon County District I Commission race, incumbent Jim Tate secured 61 percent or 1,999 votes compared to his challenger John Shearl, who received 1,261 votes, which amounts to about 38 percent overall.

“My gratitude to Macon County is overwhelming,” said Tate. “I am honored and humbled to have earned the respect and support of my fellow Macon County residents via the primary, and I am looking forward to the general election in November.”

Tate will face Democratic challenger Michael Rogers in the November election.

Jackson sheriff race

The Jackson County Sheriff race saw a total of nine candidates vying for the post left vacant with the retirement of long-time sheriff Jimmy Ashe. Democratic candidate Chip Hall secured his place on the November ticket with 1,559 votes. Hall could not be reached for comment before presstime.

The Republican sheriff race will likely result in a second run-off. Candidate Curtis Lambert secured the most votes with 417 votes, but was unable to garner the 40 percent of votes necessary to win. The other two Republican candidates are separated by only four votes, meaning Lambert’s runoff opponent will not be named until Tuesday, May 13, after the Jackson County Board of Elections can canvass and announce the official results. As it stands, Jimmy Hodgins garnered the second highest vote in the county with 374 votes, with Mary Rock close with 370. Hodgins has already confirmed with the board that he would like a runoff.

Chip HallDespite not knowing who may be his runoff opponent, Lambert is elated to have garnered the most votes and is looking forward to the opportunity to continue serving residents.

“I would like to thank everyone that voted for and supported me,” said Lambert. “There is still a lot of work to do whether it’s for a runoff or the general election in November. I hope we can come together for real change at the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.”

Macon County Election final results
(excluding provisional ballots):

Register of Deeds
Nicki Tallent: 361 votes
Todd Raby: 1,123 votes
Kenneth Blaine: 107 votes

District 1 Commission
Jim Tate: 1,999
John Shearl: 1,261

Robby Holland: 2,844
Bryan Carpenter: 473

Jackson County Sheriff
Unofficial election results

Jimmy HodginsSheriff - Republican Candidate
Mary Rock - 370
Curtis Lambert - 417
Jimmy Hodgins - 374

Sheriff - Democratic Candidate
Chip Hall - 1559
Steve Lillard - 1261
Doug Farmer - 397
Robin Gunnels - 357
Glen Biller - 88
Michael Gosnell - 12

Unofficial state election results

U.S. Senate - Republican
Thom Tillis - 222,238
Greg Brannon - 132,013
Mark Harris - 85,393
Heather Grant - 22,843
Ted Alexander - 9,213
Jim Snyder - 9,362
Alex Bradshaw - 3,505
Edward Kryn - 1,844

Mary RockU.S. Senate - Democrat
Kay Hagan - 369,331
Will Stewart - 66,264
Ernest Reeves - 42,835

U.S. Senate - Libertarian
Sean Haugh - 1,213
Tim D’Annunzio - 784

U.S. House Of Representatives District 11 - Democrat
Tom Hill - 16,644
Keith Ruehl - 4,193

N.C. State Senate District 50 - Democrat
Jane Hipps - 9,344
Ron Robinson - 3,964

N.C. House Of Representatives District 119 - Republican
Mike Clampitt - 1,482
Aaron Littlefield - 449
Dodie Allen - 426

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