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Tillis defeats Hagan in Senate race

HUNTERSVILLE – The most expensive campaign in U.S. Senate history ended with Huntersville resident Thom Tillis defeating incumbent Kay Hagan by 48,501 votes.

Tillis’ rise from the Cornelius Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to the U.S. Senate was one of the many storylines to emerge from the Nov. 4 election.

Cornelius Commissioner John Bradford defeated Natasha Marcus to claim Tillis’ District 98 seat in the N.C. House. Rep. Charles Jeter and Sen. Jeff Tarte will return to the General Assembly.

Voters also put Huntersville resident Jim Puckett back on the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners. While Republicans Emily Zuyus and Scott Carlisle received widespread support in the Lake Norman area, they could not overcome county-wide support for Democrats Pat Cotham, Ella Scarborough and Trevor Fuller in the at-large commissioners race.

The proposed sales and use tax for education, arts and libraries failed, with 61.2 percent voting down the measure.

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