NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- In New Hanover County, the hottest race had to be the battle for sheriff, but it turned out not to be much of a battle at all on the Democratic side.
Incumbent Ed McMahon beat his old boss Sid Causey by winning more than 80 percent of the vote.
"I am so grateful to all the people that worked so hard for me and for the people that voted and have confidence in me," McMahon said.
McMahon will take on Jason Vaughn who won the Republican nomination for sheriff.
"This county has not seen, since I've lived here, this much of a contested sheriff's race," Vaughn said. "I think that says something we need to remember in November."
Vaughn beat out 2010 Republican nominee Marc Benson by about 10 points.