Steinburg, Hanig win seats in the N.C. General Assembly

By on November 6, 2018

Bobby Hanig, left, and Bob Steinburg will represent Dare County in Raleigh for the next two years.

Republicans Bob Steinburg and Bobby Hanig have won election to North Carolina’s General Assembly by sizable margins over their Democratic opponents.

According to unofficial totals, Steinburg had 53.25 percent of the vote to Democratic challenger D. Cole Phelps’ 46.75 percent in the Senate District One race.

With the court-ordered revamping of legislative maps for the 2018 election, now-retiring Sen. Bill Cook was shifted into another district, leaving open the seat the Republican from Chocowinity held for three terms.

Steinburg will move to the other side of the Legislative Building, after serving as the First District representative in the N.C House since 2014.

In the redrawn state House of Representatives Sixth District, Hanig defeated Democrat Tess Judge 55.07 to 44.93 percent for the seat representing Dare, Currituck, Hyde and Pamlico counties.

Hanig is in the middle of his first term on the Currituck County Board of Commissioners, and has been chairman since 2016.

This was the first time Judge has been on a ballot. Two years ago, she was nominated by the Democratic Party leaders to assume the votes cast for her late-husband, Warren, in the Sixth House District race after he died less than a week before the 2016 general election.

Hanig and Steinburg will be in the majority party on Jones Street when the new General Assembly is seated in January.

“After a very contentious primary race and then the general election, I want to say I couldn’t have done this without my team and it was the team that won,” Steinburg said late Tuesday night, saying he’s grateful to all the volunteers who devoted their time his campaign. “.. At the end of the day, it makes the victory even sweeter.”

Steinburg also thanked the voters who came out and cast a ballot for his team.

“Now I literally represent all of northeast North Carolina, and I have two more folks who will be working together as a team, with the victory of Bobby Hanig in House District 6 and Ed Goodwin in House District 1,” Steinburg said. “We collectively are going to bring a great team to Raleigh to represent and, most importantly, work for the best interests of all of northeastern North Carolina.”

Democrats picked up enough seats in the House on Tuesday to end the GOP’s veto-proof supermajority in that chamber, and there was still a chance they could do the same in the Senate.

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  • were just screwed


    Tuesday, Nov 6 @ 11:26 pm
  • Liz

    It is the Republican majority in Raleigh that has meddled in OBX affairs, cost the OBX business in the bathroom debate debacle, overturned the plastic bag ban, screwed over fishermen…and the list goes on. So what did OBX voters do? Elected more Republicans to continue to fail to look out for the OBX. How stupid could the voters be…

    Tuesday, Nov 6 @ 11:30 pm
  • Mike


    No need for name calling. The citizens here on the beach spoke Tuesday night. Sorry you are bitter. What a great day for Dare County!!

    Wednesday, Nov 7 @ 7:39 am
  • Really?

    One of the reasons your Dems lost again is because of snowflakes like @Liz who after losing now wants to call people stupid. Maybe look in the mirror and see who the stupid one is…..

    Wednesday, Nov 7 @ 7:54 am
  • CorollaCat

    Like I ALWAYS say…. everybody calm down.

    Wednesday, Nov 7 @ 8:46 am
  • dave

    Liz, to answer your question….VERY! Just look @ Really! Nothing much more stupid than voting against your own best interests.
    @ Mike…. looking at the national results, “What a great day for America”! Trump and his cronies and kids going to jail!

    Wednesday, Nov 7 @ 8:48 am
  • Anne Petera

    Congratulations to all the winners in Dare County, including my opponent, Ervin Bateman. The voters have spoken; let’s all respect their votes and the results. That’s the American way.

    Wednesday, Nov 7 @ 9:02 am
  • Runnerguy

    Kind of sad that Dare County is lumped in with Currituck county and we get these two as our elected officials.

    Wednesday, Nov 7 @ 10:58 am
  • Tar Heel

    Dave. Trump is going no where except the White House. The Democrats don’t have the 2/3 votes in the senate to impeach him. Yes it is a great day for America!

    Wednesday, Nov 7 @ 11:20 am
  • Czarina

    How come the NC election website has Tess winning 53% to 46% ???

    Wednesday, Nov 7 @ 11:47 am
  • Sam Walker

    Again, you may be looking at only the Dare County totals. You need to look at the FULL results totaling all four counties in the district.

    Full NC House results:

    Breakout of the NC House 6 race itself:

    Wednesday, Nov 7 @ 1:04 pm
  • Richard

    Yea Bobby Hanig! Go dog, go!!

    Wednesday, Nov 7 @ 1:06 pm
  • wombatnc

    You’re right about the 2/3’s vote, however, the Judiciary Committee can still bring the charges to the floor for debate and vote. In addition, the House can pass rules to protect Robert Muller and start investigations into numerous issues such as the president’s tax returns, a “real” investigation into russian collusion, etc.

    Wednesday, Nov 7 @ 1:15 pm
  • Really?

    Ole davey boy, smartest kid on the block with all the answers but still picks the losers! Lol!

    Wednesday, Nov 7 @ 3:17 pm
  • WombatNC

    @tarheel, You are right about the 2/3’s needed in BOTH houses to charge/convict, however, with control of the committees, the Judiciary Comm. can bring impeachment charges to the floor for debate and vote. Remember when the GOP controlled Congress during the last 6 years of Obama’s presidency and they brought repeal and replace Obama Care to a vote every year – well, it’s called Kharma. Oh, what about that repeal and replace thing? I recall that then candidate and then President Trump claiming that they had such a GREAT plan and that it would be EASY to do. Well, we’re still waiting.
    The strategy of bringing impeachment charges not only brings media attention to the issue, but combined with Mueller’s investigation findings, it could possibly lead to a 2/3’s yea vote in both houses to impeach. Only time will tell.
    As far as the the election results mentioned in this article, congrats to the winners – let’s hope that Rep/Sen Steinburg will change his position favoring off-shore drilling once he understands the importance of tourism in his district. If the Trump Admin. asks for it and he votes in favor; one term and done!

    Wednesday, Nov 7 @ 5:36 pm
  • The Donald

    The pool guy in the bow tie will wearing pinstripes soon enough.

    Sad state of affairs on the sand bar if this is the best you can do.

    Wednesday, Nov 7 @ 7:45 pm
  • Burt Renyolds

    Got damn! We got ourselves some fine young men elected.

    Great reputations…. hahahahahaaha!!!


    Wednesday, Nov 7 @ 7:49 pm
  • WombatNC

    Sorry about the double posting – for some reason my posts have about a five hour delay; thought the first one was lost in “cyber-space”

    Thursday, Nov 8 @ 7:01 am
  • Sam Walker

    Just a FYI, we manually moderate all comments, so we get to them as we can.

    Thursday, Nov 8 @ 10:44 am
  • dave

    Hey Really?!! Democrats picked up 333 legislative seats, 7 governorship’s, the HOUSE, etc. It seems that your “team” is the real LOSER! Lol! Are you still afraid of the big, bad caravan of homeless people coming to take your job and do really bad things? You do know that they “blasted their way thru the Mexican army” throwing stones and stuff. Lol!

    Thursday, Nov 8 @ 8:11 am
  • dave

    @ Tarheel: You do know that Mueller and the SDNY can share their findings with the states. Tell me what you know about federal folks trying to pardon state crimes. Republicans just got their worst a$$ beating since Watergate in just two years! ALL because of Trump!

    Thursday, Nov 8 @ 8:20 am
  • Tarheel

    WornbatNC thanks your are right.

    Thursday, Nov 8 @ 11:30 am