State races decided

Published 9:52 am Thursday, July 19, 2012

Voters chose the final candidates for state office Tuesday.

During the Second Primary, voters chose a Democratic nominee for Commissioner of Labor as well as Republican choices for Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Commissioner of Insurance and Secretary of Public Instruction.

Democrats selected former Labor Commissioner John C. Brooks over Marlowe C. Foster by an unofficial tally of 31,261 to 26,452.

Two of the four counties in the Roanoke-Chowan region followed the state vote. Bertie chose Brooks 104-101 and Northampton favored the eventual nominee 183-134. Gates went for Foster 101-50 while Hertford favored the same candidate 101-83.

The race for Lt. Governor on the Republican side turned out to be an easy one for Dan Forrest as he easily turned back the challenge of Tony Gurley by a final tally of 101,475 to 47,989, according to unofficial tallies.

All four counties of the Roanoke-Chowan followed state patterns. Forest won Bertie (43-18), Hertford (28-12), Northampton(35-24) and Gates (23-4).

Mike Causey claimed the Republican nomination for Insurance Commissioner by defeating Richard Morgan 80,728 to 59,938 according to unofficial results.

Causey won three of four counties in the region with only Gates favoring Morgan as he won that county 15-11.

Chowan County Commissioner Ed Goodwin also won his Republican Primary, turning back Wake County Commissioner Kenn Gardner to earn the GOP nomination for Secretary of State. Unofficial results show Goodwin winning 74,276 to 62,071.

Goodwin easily won all four counties in the Roanoke-Chowan region. He claimed Bertie (47-13), Gates (18-8), Hertford (26-12) and Northampton(35-21).

The final office on the state ballot was the Republican nomination for Secretary of Public Instruction. That nomination unofficially went to first term Wake County Board of Education member John Tedesco. Unofficial results show him claiming a 75,396 to 63,141 win over Richard Alexander.

Tedesco won Bertie, Hertford and Gates, but Alexander claimed victory in NorthamptonCounty.

All of Tuesday’s winners, plus those victorious during the May Primary, will advance to November’s General Election.