How south Charlotte voted

On a night dominated by national races and big Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioner races, there were a number of other local elections on the ballot in south Charlotte. Here’s a run down of how some of those races went in south Charlotte:

• President Barack Obama was re-elected, and though he didn’t win North Carolina this year, he did win Mecklenburg County, 270,705 votes to Mitt Romney’s 170,490 votes. But while the majority of Charlotte went blue this year, almost all of south Charlotte went in favor of the Republican challenger. Romney took nearly all the SouthPark-area precincts and all the Ballantyne-area precincts save for three near Pineville. Romney also dominated in the Matthews and Mint Hill area and in north Mecklenburg.

• Robert Pittenger won the U.S. House of Representatives District 9 race, though he lost Mecklenburg County. Jennifer Roberts, a Mecklenburg County commissioner, took 50.3 percent of the vote in Mecklenburg. Pittenger dominated in south Charlotte, winning most of the SouthPark area and almost all of Ballantyne. Roberts took the Pineville area, as well as one Ballantyne-area precinct by eight votes.

• Former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory won the state and Mecklenburg County to take the governor’s seat. The Republican took all of south Charlotte, save for one precinct near Monroe Road and another near South Boulevard. Democrat Walter Dalton took most of east, north and west Charlotte.

• Democrat Dan Clodfelter won the N.C. Senate District 37 race. The district covers a few neighborhoods in south Charlotte near the intersection of Interstate 485 and Pineville-Matthews Road, but is mostly in the Uptown area and around Lake Wylie. Clodfelter took 51,111 votes to Michael Alan Vadini’s 25,127.

• Republican Bob Rucho retained his seat in the state Senate, nearly doubling challenger Jack Flynn’s vote total for N.C. Senate District 39. The district covers the majority of south Charlotte, where Rucho won 49 of the 55 precincts. Those he lost are near Monroe Road, and one near Pineville. All of the Ballantyne area and precincts around SouthPark went for Rucho, who took 60,666 votes to Flynn’s 37,771.

• Republican Rob Bryan barely beat out Democrat Martha Alexander for the N.C. House District 88, which runs along the Park Road corridor. Bryan took the majority of the precincts to the east of the divide, while Alexander took those to the west. Bryan won 21,951 votes to Alexander’s 17,999.

• Republican Charles Jeter saw an even closer race in N.C. House District 92, which includes just a sliver of south Charlotte near the Park Crossing neighborhood. The majority of the district is made up of the western edge of the county up into Huntersville. Jeter, a Huntersville town councilmember, won 18,730 votes to Democrat Robin Bradford’s 17,738.

• Republican Bill Brawley ran unopposed for N.C. House District 103, which nears south Charlotte in Matthews and Mint Hill; Ruth Samuelson was unopposed in her victory in N.C. House District 104, which includes most of southeast Charlotte; and Republican Jacqueline Schaffer was unopposed in N.C. House District 105, which covers the Ballantyne area, after winning the Republican primary.

Find more election information at the county’s Board of Elections website, www.meckboe.org.

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