Incumbent Bob Rucho has defeated his challenger, Jack Flynn, for another four-year term in the North Carolina State Senate District 39 seat.
Rucho, a Republican, won the election by 61.63 percent of the popular vote, while Flynn, a Democrat, secured 38.37 percent, according to unofficial election results from the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections. Of the 98,437 total votes cast for the seat, 60,666 were in favor of Rucho, while 37,771 voters supported Flynn.
While Rucho nabbed the majority of votes in most of the 55 precincts in which he was on the ballot, Flynn won six precincts: Precinct 64, with 385 votes in comparison to Rucho’s 224 votes; Precinct 66 with 510 votes to 480 votes; Precinct 68 with 770 to 389 votes; Precinct 85 with 592 to 570 votes; Precinct 117 with 83 to 38 votes; and Precinct 231 with 826 to 779 votes, according to unofficial records.
This was the first time Rucho, who is currently serving his fifth non-consecutive term, has had a challenger since he defeated Andy Dulin in the 2008 primary election.
Rucho said his track record of having a working relationship with the public was his biggest asset in winning the general election.
“I believe the people of District 39 recognize my effort to work on their behalf, not only (through) fiscal responsibility and keeping taxes low, but also I have a very active office from the district end that will help anybody in Mecklenburg County,” he said. “If we have someone unsatisfied with the government, we’ll make sure their voice is heard. Constituent services are a very valuable part of what we do.”
Looking ahead, Rucho hopes to focus his upcoming term on finalizing the General Assembly budget, striving toward tax reform and working to implement strategies he believes will help the authenticity of elections, such as requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls and checking more thoroughly to ensure everyone who votes is legally registered.
“We want to make sure the election process is as straightforward as possible so everybody can have faith in the elections,” he said.