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Updated election results: Hill 51 votes shy of securing win

Posted October 17, 2011
Updated October 18, 2011

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— The Wake County school board's District 3 representative was 51 votes shy of the necessary votes he needed to secure another term on the board, according to updated numbers posted Monday on the Wake County Board of Elections website.

Kevin Hill, the Democrat incumbent representing North Raleigh, received 8,116 votes, or 49.69 percent, while his top opponent, Heather Losurdo, received 6,514 votes, or 39.88 percent.

Challengers Jennifer Mansfield garnered 1,331 votes, or 8.15 percent, and Eric Wayne Squires, 353, or 2.16 percent. Nineteen votes, or 0.12 percent, were write-ins.

The latest unofficial numbers, which will be certified Tuesday, include results from provisional and absentee ballots, Gary Sims, deputy director for the Wake County Board of Elections, said.

Hill would have needed at least 8,167 votes to get the required 50 percent he needed to take the seat again.

Because he didn't, Losurdo, a Republican, has said that she plans to ask for a run-off..

"It is my intention to do so," she said in a statement Monday evening. "A majority of voters in the district rejected Kevin Hill’s approach and record as the incumbent member and cast their votes for one of the three other candidates, all of whom agreed on the important issues in this race. The majority should not be denied their wishes."

She has until noon Wednesday to do so, Sims said.  Early voting begins Thursday.

Democrats won four of the five seats that were up for grabs last week, including that of Ron Margiotta, who has led the Republican-backed bloc responsible for a number of changes over the past two years, including a controversial move away from the district's longstanding student assignment policy.

To keep the balance of power on the board from shifting, the majority needs Losurdo to win the race.

In conceding the race, Margiotta said he is worried that if the power of the board shifts, the new board might undo the last two years of work.

Margiotta's supporters immediately began rallying for Losurdo, saying they plan to do whatever is necessary to secure her win.

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  • carolinarox Oct 18, 2011

    I didn't make the generalization that most of the precincts inside the beltline are staunchly conservative, only the people that are considered Raleigh old money. And 01-11 is about as wealthy and old money as it gets inside the beltline. You brought up the 01-42 and 01-47 being Republican and I pointed out that even though they are outside the beltline they have some very wealthy neighborhoods. District 01 extends east of Capital and south of Hillsborough, look at the map again. So yes, if you want to say the majority inside the beltline are registered Democrats, that is correct. Most are not wealthy, either. But my response was addressing the idea of the Carolina Country Club crowd/neighborhood being part of the "liberal enclave". As I said, a few may be liberal (doubtful, but not unheard of) but the majority are staunchly conservative.

  • respect Oct 18, 2011

    Hopefully there will be enough THINKING individuals who VOTE this time.....Is there any question re who the candidate is with

    THE MOST TO OFFER WAKE COUNTY!!! VOTE FOR MR. HILL,

    FOR the sake of all of Wake County. Our fine schools had a big part in making Wake County the gem it is/was.....

  • gman976 Oct 18, 2011

    I said these are all north of Hillsboro and West of Capital but...OK, that only reinforces my point. I don't see how you can make the sweeping generalization that most of those precincts inside the beltline are "staunchly conservative". If you eliminate the precincts you listed as being outside the beltine then they are 100% democrat registrants.

  • carolinarox Oct 18, 2011

    @gman976 - thanks to pointing me to the WCBE, I never really looked there before. Some of my post was cut off, my point was directed at the idea of the wealthy "liberal enclave" inside the beltline, sure some might be liberal, but most are staunchly conservative. Many, probably most of the neighborhoods inside the beltline consist of middle-class hardworking people. The 01-40 is Worthdale, 01-31 and 01-32 are the neighborhoods where many NCSU students live.

  • carolinarox Oct 18, 2011

    The Wake County Board of Elections publishes this data. There are fifty-one voter precincts in the quadrant North of Hillsboro and West of Capital. This area contains Helm's old neighborhood as well as most of the inside the beltlime "old money". The latest data shows three of the fifty one precincts have a very thin majority of registered republicans. These are 01-11, 01-42 and 01-47. The remaining forty eight precincts are democrat by a large margin. One precinct is almost ten to one.
    gman976

    This is interesting data, but those 51 precincts do extend beyond the beltline and are not limited to the quad you stated. The 01-11 is the area behind North Hills extending through the Carolina Country Club neighborhood to Glenwood, what most people who have lived here 50+ years would consider Raleigh old money neighborhoods. The 01-42 and 01-47 precincts are outside the beltline and inside of 540, but again, these precincts include Wakefield and North Ridge which have some very wealthy people

  • common_sense_plz Oct 18, 2011

    I suggest that if you want to begin with a "choice" of choosing your childs school, then those of you who live in N. Raleigh need to get out and vote for this lady. I'm not in that voting district and my reps. term is not up til 2013 I believe.

  • gman976 Oct 18, 2011

    "Where do you find this data that inside the beltline people vote Democratic? Even the novueau riche lean GOP, but old money built the GOP."

    The Wake County Board of Elections publishes this data. There are fifty-one voter precincts in the quadrant North of Hillsboro and West of Capital. This area contains Helm's old neighborhood as well as most of the inside the beltlime "old money". The latest data shows three of the fifty one precincts have a very thin majority of registered republicans. These are 01-11, 01-42 and 01-47. The remaining forty eight precincts are democrat by a large margin. One precinct is almost ten to one.

  • nighthunter Oct 18, 2011

    I find it fascinating that the people that want Mrs. Losurdo to concede seem to think little of the law that requires the winner to receive 51% of the vote, thus allowing her challenge for a run-off. And, she is very correct- the MAJORITY of the voters did NOT favor Mr. Hill's (or the Democrat) policy platform.

    As far as the EDUCATION discussion goes: The "traditional" approach has been shown to be a failure. Therefore, those with a "traditional" background - particularly if they advocate returning to that approach- should be suspect. New approaches generally require a different way of looking at the problem. But please don't loose sight of the goal: Education of the ENTIRE Student body.

    What I advocate is: Determine what are the top 50 schools in the country; study what they are doing; duplicate it!

  • newlifetupper Oct 18, 2011

    Sure wish all these Non-North Carolinians would go back where they came from. This state used to be such a great one!! Now we have all these liberals who are just, as my momma used to say, over educated, under thinking!!
    RMGRANDMA

  • Nunya123 Oct 18, 2011

    Is Tedesco still involved in his conflicting interest other non-profit job? Still lobbying himself for changes to education? That guy is a class act and his brother is cut from the same cloth.

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