No changes as local election results certified

By Bob Shiles -

LUMBERTON — Local election officials canvassed and certified voting results of the November General Election on Tuesday, making official the results that showed Democrats no longer can count on Robeson County.

A majority of Robeson County voters cast their ballots in favor of Republicans for major national and state offices, including president, governor, U.S. senator and state senator.

Final results show Republican Donald Trump defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton by a vote of 20,762 to 19,016.

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican, won re-election over Democrat Deborah K. Ross, and in Robeson won the vote 19,792 to 19,053.

In the governor’s race, incumbent Republican Pat McCrory out-polled Democrat Roy Cooper 21,305 to 18,536 locally, but trails statewide as ballots continue to be counted.

Incumbent state Sen. Jane Smith, a Democrat, lost her re-election bid to Republican Danny Earl Britt, and Robeson County favored the challenger by a vote of 20,468 to 18,861.

Democrat Tim Benton, a candidate for N.C. House District 46 lost to Brenden Jones, a Republican, by a vote of 4,544 to 2,163 in Robeson, and will take the seat.

The total votes of all candidates include early voting, election day votes, absentees and provisional votes, according to local elections officials.

Elections Board Chairman Steve Stone said that unless a protest is filed within two business day, the results of Tuesday’s canvass will stand.

Stone said the canvassing, which is normally held within 10 days of an election, was delayed this year for several reasons, including an unusually high number of provisional and absentee ballots and problems resulting from Hurricane Matthew.

“There were some bumps in the road. We had some new laws and court rulings to deal with,” Stone said. “But we never missed a beat.”

By Bob Shiles

Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.

Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.

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