Terry Van Duyn emerged victorious after three rounds of voting by a group of about 150 Buncombe County Democrats who picked her to replace the late N.C. Sen. Martin Nesbitt.
Democrats will meet tonight to choose who will fill the seat left open by the recent death of N.C. Sen. Martin Nesbitt.
Also, Republicans running for North Carolina's U.S. Senate seat begin to scrap.
There are now five Democrats seeking the seat.
Michelle Pace Wood is now one of four candidates running for the seat left open by the recent death of Sen. Martin Nesbitt.
The political sands keep shifting in this contest.
UPDATE: Buncombe County Commissioner Holly Jones has thrown her support behind Gunter.
Van Duyn joins at least two other candidates who say they are interested in the seat.
Also, N.C. Rep. Tim Moffitt of Buncombe County and his challenger, Brian Turner, make headlines across the state.
The executive committee of the Buncombe County Democratic party will meet April 3 to pick a successor.
News of Sen. Martin Nesbitt's death last week set off behind-the-scenes discussions about his replacement.
In other news, the Senate horses are at the gate and Thom Tillis has a new political ad.
Nesbitt's funeral is set for Tuesday at Biltmore Baptist Church.
N.C. Sen. Martin Nesbitt has represented Asheville-area residents for three decades in the state House and Senate.