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VOTE 2010: Rabon, Goolsby help Republicans win majorities in NC Legislature

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Republicans will have a majority in both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly, taking control from Democrats for the first time in more than a century. Unofficial results late Tuesday night showed GOP candidates winning at least 27 seats in the Senate and 61 in the House, ensuring they'll have more seats than the Democrats.

Two of those Senate seats going over to the Republican side are right here in Southeastern North Carolina. In the 8th District, which represents Brunswick, Columbus and Pender Counties, Bill Rabon defeated David Redwine with 63 percent of the vote to claim what had been R.C. Soles's seat for 34 years in Raleigh. Soles is retiring after serving in the legislature longer than anyone in history. And in New Hanover County, the 9th District seat which had belonged to Julia Boseman, who is also stepping down, is now Thom Goolsby's. The Wilmington attorney received 57 percent of the vote to defeat former UNCW Chancellor Jim Leutze.

Republicans haven't led both chambers together since their Fusion coalition with farmers got defeated in 1898. That includes a 112-year losing streak in the Senate and only four years of House control in the 1990s.

The flip likely means Senate leader Marc Basnight and House Speaker Joe Hackney won't be banging the gavels in their chambers in January. Basnight has led the Senate for a record 18 years.

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Glad it's over

I for one am glad that the campaign season is over, and the voters have spoken. For the third straight time now, the voters in Southeastern North Carolina have kept David Redwine out of Raleigh. This should be a message to get out!! He can now spend more time with his samll business, his family, and spend time on his boat, riding off into the sunset of his political career.

We're not even half done

2012 starts today. We need to get rid of every tax-and-spend liberal sap in Raleigh and Washington.

Glad it's over

I for one am glad that the campaign is over and the voters have spoken. The negative campaign that MR. Redwine ran got him nowhere. Now hopefully after three straight defeats he will get the hint that the people of Southeastern North Carolina wants no part of him representing them in Raliegh. Now he has plenty of time to take care of his small business, spend time with his family, and ride his boat off in to the sunset of his political career... Happy sailing Dave

A Century of Corruption Comes to an End !

One of the most CORRUPT state legislative bodies in the nation has finally been dismantled after a century of control. There is not a very high standard to live up to therefore it should not take much effort to do a better job than the DUMBOCRATS. Just be honest and provide transparency with the citizens of the state of N.C and you will be ahead of the game from the onset. Goolsby and Rabon will be a refreshing change.

Well here is your chance

Well here is your chance Republicans.... I have a feeling that you have no idea what to do and if you end up helping our state at all it will only be after long period of failure... Especially in southeastern NC, Rabon is clueless, it's a shame that an areas native local population is outgrown by in influx of Yankee republican new jersians...surprised about pantano lol

I think this is a clear

I think this is a clear message to our esteemed Governor shes in serious trouble.. What makes it more serious is that now the Republicans will control the redistricting as a result of the Census which will likely put an end to the gerrymandering thats been going on forever