WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The incumbent, Sen. Harper Peterson (D), has been ousted out by former State Senator Michael Lee for the District 9 State Senate seat with a little over one percent lead after all the precincts reported.
Lee received a total of 62,343 votes (50.6% of the vote), while Peterson secured 60,875 votes.
This was the second time Harper Peterson and Michael Lee had battled for the District 9 N.C. Senate seat.
Peterson, the incumbent, won the seat in 2018 by defeating then-incumbent Lee by 231 votes.
Peterson, a Democrat, defeated Lee by just 231 votes in 2018, after Lee had served a little more than four years representing most of New Hanover County in the General Assembly.
Peterson owns a restaurant and other small businesses. He served as a member of Wilmington City Council from 1995-99, then served one term as Mayor from 2001-2003. He is married and has five children and one grandchild.
Lee, a Republican, is an attorney who is married with four children. He served as a member of the North Carolina Port Authority Board of Directors from 2011-14, including time as vice-chair and chairman, before stepping down when appointed to serve the remainder of Thom Goolsby’s District 9 senate term in 2014. He won elections to keep the office in 2014 and 2016.
The two new contenders for the District 8 State Senate seat were unable to defeat the Republican incumbent, Sen. Bill Rabon, who received 62.03% of the votes (84,862) after all the precincts had reported. David Sink (D) came in second with 47,689 votes and Anthony Mascolo (Lib) finished with just 3.12% of the votes.
Republican incumbent, Sen. Danny Earl Britt Jr. claimed 63.45% of the vote to hold on to the District 13 State Senate seat, undefeated by Democratic contender, Barbara Yates-Lockamy who scored 36.55% or 24,973 votes