Marshall (D) and Burr (R) win U.S. Senate bids Tuesday

Published 4:48 pm Friday, May 7, 2010

Polk County voters on Tuesday voted much like the rest of the state for U.S. Senate bids in both the Democrat and Republican primary.

Elaine Marshall (D) won the U.S. Senate seat for North Carolina with 154,890 or 36.36 percent of the vote.

Richard Burr (R) won the primary with 299,419 votes or 80.10 percent.

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Polk Countys voting for those races was similiar with Polk voters choosing both Marshall and Burr. Marshall won in Polk County with 511 votes with Susan Harris trailing with 141 votes. Likewise in the Republican primary, Polk County voters chose Burr with 899 votes with the next closest being Brad Jones with 148 votes.

For the U.S. House District 11, incumbent Heath Shuler won for the Democrats in both the district and in Polk County. Shuler beat Aixa Wilson 26,809 votes to Wilsons 16,729. In Polk County, Democratic voters also chose Shuler with 690 votes to Wilsons 503 votes.

In the U.S. House District 11 Republican race, Jeff Miller won in the district with 14,386 votes. The closest contender in both the district and in Polk County was Dan Eichenbaum with 12,183 total district votes. In Polk County, Miller received 563 votes compared to Eichenbaums 355 votes. Gregory Newman trailed in that race with 159 Polk County votes and 4,180 total district votes.

For non-partisan court of appeals judge, Ann Marie Calabria and Steven Walker won bids in North Carolina with 265,769 and 265,381 votes respectively.

Polk County voters chose Jane Gray over Calabria, with Gray receiving 802 votes to Calabrias 662 votes in Polk County. Mark Klass received 648 Polk County votes.

Polk County voters also selected Steven Walker by a wide margin. Walker received 975 Polk votes, compared to Leto Copeleys 431 votes, Rick Elmores 376 votes and Alton Bains 294 votes.

Polk Countys totals are unofficial until the Polk County Board of Elections does the official count next Tuesday, May 11.