Election results are coming in, both in Durham and the Triangle and nation at large. In races of local interest, with just over 70% of Durham votes in:
- The N&O is reporting a tight contest between David Price and B.J. Lawson, with the Democratic long-time incumbent only ahead by 2%, 51% to 49%. In Durham Co., Price leads 72.8% to 27.2%.
- Turnout is 60.6% among registered voters in Durham.
- Street bonds look like they'll pass, currently leading 57% to 43%. And most of the Durham Committee stronghold precincts are in; since the Committee is the only PAC to have opposed the bonds, it would seem to be smooth sailing -- and kudos due to elected officials and City leaders for getting the news out to voters.
- Worth Hill is cruising to a victory in the sheriff race, 79% to 21%.
Update 9:43pm: OK, the N&O may be being too pessimistic in their read on the Price-Lawson race. Here's why.
First, Price got beat in Wake County, running behind Lawson by nearly 15%, and with a 19,000 vote or so gap by which he trails.
In. Wake. County. But the strength of Price's race is in the western part of the Triangle.
Price's lead in Durham? 25,000 votes. And that's with only 70% of precincts in. In Wake, 98% of precincts are in.
In Orange Co., with all precincts in, Price is up 18,000 votes.
Bottom line? The Price is right for re-election.
PS -- After we published this, we note that the AP has in fact called the NC 4th for Price.
Update 9:52pm: If Durham had a race for dogcatcher, Freda Black might win it, but I wouldn't bet on it. The ex-prosecutor followed her loss to Mike Nifong -- Nifong! -- for DA a few years back with what's looking like a loss to well-endorsed Doretta Walker for a District Court seat. Black (42%) trails Walker (58%) with eight-tenths of precincts in.
Pat Evans is cruising over Brian Aus, while Elaine Bushfan, Michael O'Foghludha, and Jim Hardin, Jr. look to be in good shape by far for Superior Court postings.
In General Assembly races, Democratic incumbents are cruising to two-to-one victory ratios in Durham. That's likely enough for everyone except Bob Atwater, whose state Senate hopes depend on how he does outside the county.