McHenry, Edmunds win special election

Published 12:07 am Wednesday, June 8, 2016


By Leah Justice

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Polk County’s special election on Tuesday June 7 ended in Polk voters choosing incumbent Patrick McHenry (R) for the U.S. House of Representatives and Robert H. (Bob) Edmunds for the N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice, according to unofficial results from the Polk County Board of Elections.

McHenry and Edmunds also won the races statewide, according to unofficial results.

McHenry won in Polk County with 415 total votes followed by Jeff Gregory, with 106 votes; Albert Lee Wiley, Jr. with 69 votes and Jeffrey Baker with 24 votes.

McHenry will face Polk resident Andy Millard (D) in the Nov. 8 general election.

Edmunds won in Polk County with 501 votes, followed by Michael R. (Mike) Morgan with 414 votes, Sabra Jean Faires with 69 votes and Daniel Robertson with 25 votes, according to Polk’s unofficial results as of Tuesday night.

Statewide, McHenry won statewide with 14,770 total votes, followed by Gregory with 2,268 votes, Baker with 900 votes and Wiley with 889 votes, according to the state board of elections unofficial results.

Edmunds won statewide with 234,142 votes followed by Morgan with 167,221 votes, Faires with 58,588 votes and Robertson with 27,220 votes, according to state board of elections unofficial results.

Polk County’s voter turnout for the special election was 6.6 percent.

There were a total of 1,033 votes cast during early voting and Election day on Tuesday. Of the total, 625 voted on the Republican ballot that included both races and 406 voted on the unaffiliated ballot, which only included the N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice race.

The unofficial results from Tuesday night did not include provisional votes. The Polk County Board of Elections will do the official canvassing of votes next Tuesday, June 14 when the votes will become official.

Polk County has a total of 15,616 registered voters.