The other big story was the the problems with the N.C. Board of Elections’ website, which is the go-to place for results. More on the website glitches in a minute.
Moore, who has served 24 years as district attorney, ran on a platform of experience and efficiencies he’s brought to office. He also criticized Williams for a lack of experience. Williams, a public defender, ran on a platform of restoring integrity to the DA’s office and blasted Moore for mishandling a high-profile murder case and not being more open about an Asheville Police Department evidence room investigation.
The Moore-Williams race showed a division in the Buncombe Democratic Party between more mainstream voters and those falling more toward the “progressive” wing. Moore lined up endorsement after endorsement from prominent local judges, Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan and others. Williams was backed by Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger and a slate of other local elected officials. The progressives, who lost a battle just a couple of weeks ago to get their candidate, Veronika Gunter, appointed to fill the unexpired term of N.C. Sen. Martin Nesbitt, were especially energized (Terry Van Duyn won that appointment). Moore’s campaign felt like “too little, too late.”
In the King vs. DeBruhl race, I have to confess that I know nothing about DeBruhl. I surmise that King’s campaign was damaged by his involvement in the dust-up earlier this year between N.C. Rep. Tim Moffitt and his challenger, Brian Turner. King brokered a meeting between the two that triggered a controversy over exactly who said what. King was a first-termer.
The big statewide race was the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Thom Tillis, the North Carolina speaker of the House, beat back seven other challengers and will move on to face Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan in November.
Adding to the election night drama was the issue with the results appearing on the N.C. Board of Elections website. WSPA reported that Henderson County officials said the website reporting system was just three days old. The Charlotte Observer quoted a expert who called the problems an “epic failure.” More:
The first results posted on the state’s web site showed that all precincts were in, even though the first returns were only for early voting and absentee ballots.
At one point Tuesday night, the listing of precincts in which vote totals were complete vanished from the Web site.
Josh Lawson, a spokesman for the State Board of Elections, said the initial display of precincts reporting on the board’s website incorrectly included numbers for absentee ballots, causing the number of precincts reported to be inflated.