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CAPE FEAR MEMORIAL BRIDGE CLOSURE: UPDATES, RESOURCES, AND CONTEXT

In North Carolina U.S House races, Democrats Nickel and Davis win 13th and 1st

Wiley Nickel, a Democratic candidate for U.S. House from North Carolina, speaks at an election night event hosted by the North Carolina Democratic Party after winning his primary race in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
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In this file photo, Don Davis, D-Greene, takes the oath of office in the Senate chamber as lawmakers gather for the start of the 2017 Legislative session at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh, N.C., Jan. 11, 2017.

Democrat Wiley Nickel defeated Republican Bo Hines Tuesday night in North Carolina's 13th Congressional District.

Nickel served as a state senator since 2018. Speaking to supporters late Tuesday, he reiterated his campaign message to work on bipartisan legislation.

"I believe in North Carolina. I believe in the future of North Carolina. And I know voters are ready for change, and they're ready for progress," he said. "We ran this campaign on a simple premise: to put politics aside and get real results for North Carolina families."

The newly redrawn 13th District was considered one of the most competitive in the state. The district includes the southern half of Wake County, all of Johnston County, and parts of Harnett and Wayne counties.

Over in another key area, Democrat Don Davis has become the new representative for North Carolina's 1st Congressional District.

State Sen. Don Davis, D-Greene, takes the oath of office in the Senate chamber as lawmakers gather for the start of the 2017 Legislative session at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh, N.C., Jan. 11, 2017. U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield has endorsed state Sen. Davis to become his successor in North Carolina's 1st Congressional District. The retiring congressman gave Davis on Monday, April 25, 2022 his seal of approval as the May 17 Democratic primary approaches. Three other Democrats are running for the nomination, including former state Sen. Erica Smith. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Gerry Broome
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AP
State Sen. Don Davis, D-Greene, takes the oath of office in the Senate chamber as lawmakers gather for the start of the 2017 Legislative session at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh, N.C., Jan. 11, 2017.

Davis replaces retiring Representative G.K. Butterfield, who served as a congressman for almost 20 years.

In his acceptance speech, Davis said he will advocate for more resources for the next generation of leaders in his district.

"This is much larger than all of us. This is indeed about a legacy and about the future of Eastern North Carolina," he said.

Davis has served as a state senator since 2013.

District 1 runs from Rocky Mount to Elizabeth City and borders Virginia.

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Celeste Gracia covers the environment for WUNC. She has been at the station since September 2019 and started off as morning producer.