It looks like a good day for the Republicans locally, if not nationally or state-wide. Though McCain/Palin did well in my admittedly lily-white and fairly affluent precinct, and in Brunswick County at large, he's having a tougher time in the rest of the sate. It's too close to call as of now (10:15 pm), but Obama has a small lead at this point.
The GOP did well at the county level. It looks like the two remaining Democrats on the County Commission will lose their seats to Republicans. The Board of Education will remain with a 4-1 Republican majority. Robert Robinson, our long-serving Register of Deeds will finally lose his job to a political newcomer, Brenda Clemons.
It's a mixed bag on the state level. Brunswick County's NC House District 17 will return Oak Island's own Bonner Stiller. Brunswick and Pender Counties turned out fairly strong for R.C. Soles' Republican challenger, Betty Fennell, but it remains to be seen if she can overcome the Columbus County vote for Soles. Pat McCrory did well in Southeastern NC, but at this time he trails Democrat Bev Purdue state-wide by 100,000 votes with few counties left to report.
Sadly, Senator Dole will be replaced by Kay Hagan and Mike McIntyre will return to the House of Representatives.
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