November 26, 2020

Buncombe County voters go with Bernie, break away from other state trends

Joe Biden may have won North Carolina’s Democratic presidential primary, but a majority of Buncombe County voters supported Bernie Sanders.

Unofficial results show Sanders capturing almost 38 percent of the vote with 23,227 ballots. Biden finished second with 15,433 votes, followed by Elizabeth Warren with 10,582 and Michael Bloomberg garnering 4,901.

In the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, Buncombe County voters cast 33,127 ballots for Cal Cunningham, who received 58.04 percent of the vote. Erica D. Smith was next with 18,618 votes.

In the race for the U.S. Senate, Thom Tillis (14,520 votes) was the overwhelming favorite with Buncombe County voters, garnering 77.32 percent of ballots cast. Larry Holmquist (1,501), Paul Wright (1,471) and Sharon Y. Hudson (1,288) followed.

In the Democratic race for the U.S. House of Representatives District 11, Moe Davis (27,791 votes) grabbed 49.11 percent of the vote. Gina Collias (13,173 votes), Michael O’Shea (7,176), Phillip G. Price (4,920) and Steve Woodsmall (3,528) followed.

In the Republican race for the U.S. House of Representatives District 11, Buncombe County voters favored Madison Cawthorn (4,705 votes), followed by Lynda Bennett (4,629), Chuck Archerd (3,027) and Jim Davis (2,069).

In the Democratic race for governor, incumbent Roy Cooper (53,512 votes) garnered a whopping 90.57 percent of the vote in Buncombe County. Ernest T. Reeves collected 5,572 votes.

In the Republican race for governor, Buncombe County voters supported Dan Forest (15,798 votes) followed by Holly Grange (2,655).

Terry Van Duyn (35,752 votes) was the overwhelming favorite in the Democratic race for lieutenant governor. She was followed by Yvonne Lewis Holley (9,287) and Chaz Beasley (3,461).

In the Republican race for lieutenant governor, Buncombe County voters went Mark Robinson (5,785 votes), followed by Andy Wells (3,232) and Mark Johnson (2,109).

In the Democratic race for the N.C. State Senate District 48 seat, Buncombe County voters chose Brian Caskey (3,582 votes), followed by Cristal Figueroa (2,921) and Najah Underwood (1,445).

In the Democratic race for the N.C. State Senate District 49 seat, Julie Mayfield (31,910 votes) overwhelmed the field, receiving 67.54 percent of ballots cast. Ben Scales (8,790) and Travis Smith (6,544) followed.

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