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Complete coverage of Elections 2020. Reporting on major contested races in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties.

Republican Michael Lee Wins Back Seat In Senate District 9; Rabon Easily Holds Senate District 8

 North Carolina Senate District 9, which covers most of New Hanover County, saw former Republican incumbent Michael Lee edge out the current Democratic incumbent Harper Peterson. 

It was a nasty rematch – with both candidates accusing the other of unfair campaign ads. 


In 2018, Harper Peterson edged out Michael Lee by just 231 votes.  Two years later, unofficial results show Lee ahead by a wider margin – more than 1400 votes or slightly more than a point. 


As Lee looks toward future redistricting based on new census data, he supports finding an independent process that excludes lawmakers.

"I think we need to find a way to do it, but, but the problem is, is those folks who are interested in deciding how the district should be drawn are typically interested in how the district should be drawn. So I think we continue to look at other states and see how they're being successful and finding that."

  In neighboring Senate District 8, Republican Incumbent Bill Rabon kept his seat by more than 25 points.  It’s the second time Democrat David Sink challenged the five-term incumbent.  Rabon begins his sixth term.  


Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.