Harper Peterson edges Michael Lee in NC Senate race


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Democrat Harper Peterson has unseated Republican Michael Lee by fewer than 40 votes, based on unofficial results.

Incumbent Michael Lee was looking to win a third full term in the 9th District Senate seat, but his battle with former Wilmington mayor Peterson was at times ugly.

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The biggest issue in the campaign was GenX and water quality.

It was a tight race, but Peterson edged out Lee by only 38 votes. Libertarian Ethan Bickley took 3 percent of the votes.

Sen. Michael Lee released this statement Wednesday:

“Heidi and I would like to thank so many people for the outpouring of support and hard work on my behalf in this important race for our community and the place we call home.  A campaign like this requires the diligence and fortitude of many and we have been lucky to have you by our side. Thank you and please know we truly appreciate your support. We will know the outcome of this race in the coming weeks when all votes are tallied and certified in the canvass process.”

The vote totals are unofficial until they are canvassed later this month.

Get full election results here.