By David Rogers. November 4, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC — With all votes counted, former Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives Thom Tillis edged incumbent Senator Kay Hagan on in Tuesday’s so-called “mid-term” elections. Combined with Republican victories in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, South Dakota, and West Virginia — particularly in Arkansas and Colorado where Democrats were the incumbents — Tillis’ defeat of Democratic incumbent Hagan helped Republicans seize control of the U.S. Senate. With all but eight of the 2,726 North Carolina precincts having reported, Tillis had 1,413,228 votes (48.88%), compared to Hagan’s 1,364,727 (47.20%). Libertarian Sean Haugh had 108,177 (3.74%) and there were 5,231 write-in votes (0.18%).
Tillis won Watauga County decisively, 8,640 vs. 8,002 for Hagan and 921 for Hough.
Gaining control of the U.S. Senate means that Republicans will have control of the U.S. Government’s entire legislative branch since they also appear to have strengthened their hold on the U.S. House of Representatives. Nearing midnight on Tuesday, national media outlets were uniformly predicting that Republicans had won 239 House seats, vs. 180 for Democrats. As a consequence, when all votes are counted President Obama may well be facing the largest House majority since the Great Depression, John Parkinson pointed out for ABC News.
Depending on how contentious Mr. Obama gets during what will apparently be two years as a so-called “lame duck” president, the nation could be facing Congressional gridlock if Republicans push through legislation and President Obama vetoes it.
In regional elections, incumbent Virginia Foxx (Republican) retained her U.S. House of Representatives District 5 seat, receiving 138,903 votes (61.04%) vs. Democratic challenger Josh Brannon’s 88,670.
With slightly more than 60% of the vote, incumbent North Carolina Dan Soucek retained his District 45 seat. Mr. Soucek received 33,509 votes vs. 22,085 for Democrat Jim Sponenberg.
The District 93 House of Representatives seat was retained by Republican Jonathan Jordan (14,253) vs. Democrat Sue Counts (12,475).
- In the Watauga County Board of Commissioners balloting, incumbents Billy Kennedy (Dem.) and David Blust (Rep.) won, with Jimmy Hodges (Rep.) winning in District 5.
- Sheriff Len (L.D.) Hagaman (Dem.) was re-elected
- The top 3 vote-getters in for Watauga County Board of Education were Jason Cornett, Jay Fenwick, and Ron Henries. Henries is the lone incumbent.
Community Improvement Bonds Approved for Blowing Rock
Blowing Rock voted overwhelmingly in favor of all four Community Improvement bonds:
- Water Systems (79.34% of the vote)
- Sewer System (81.06%)
- Streets & Sidewalks (73.52%)
- Parks & Recreation (72.83%)