Democrat wins state's last contested legislative race

Published 11-21-2018

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Democrat Rachel Hunt has won North Carolina's last contested legislative race, edging out influential GOP Rep. Bill Brawley in a recount.

Hunt declared victory last week after a provisional ballot count extended her narrow lead over Brawley in state House District 103, but Brawley requested a recount. News outlets report that the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections declared Hunt the winner Tuesday, with a 68-vote lead.

The win further narrows the gap between the parties in the House, giving Democrats 55 seats to Republicans' 65.

The race was one of the state's most expensive. Hunt, a first-time candidate and daughter of former Gov. Jim Hunt, raised more than $1.2 million and got about $900,000 from the state Democratic Party.

Brawley, who chairs the House Finance Committee, raised over $410,000.

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