WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - North Carolina's primary results are official, after election workers in many counties finished canvassing ballots on Thursday.
In New Hanover County, the canvass confirmed incumbent County Commission Chair Beth Dawson was unsuccessful in securing the nomination in her campaign for re-election. Dawson finished 333 votes behind Derrick Hickey for the third Republican nod heading into November's General Election.
"I'm glad the process was thorough," Dawson said when reached Thursday night. "I called Derrick Hickey and congratulated him, and we're moving on. I appreciate all of my supporters, and I'm proud that I ran a positive campaign."
Hickey will join incumbent Woody White and Pat Kusek as the three Republican nominees in November. They will face Democratic candidates Julia Boseman, incumbent Jonathan Barfield and Nelson Beaulieu competing for the three open seats on the ballot. Dawson will serve as Chair of the Board of County Commissioners until her current term runs out in December.
When asked if she would support the GOP slate of candidates in November, Dawson was firm in her response.
"I will support the candidates who will do the best for the county," Dawson said.