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Catawba County sends Setzer, Adams and Wells back to Raleigh

Catawba County sends Setzer, Adams and Wells back to Raleigh

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The three Republican incumbents representing Catawba County easily won their races against Democratic opponents on Tuesday.

All results are unofficial until the Catawba County Board of Elections finishes canvassing. Here is the breakdown of the N.C. General Assembly races from Tuesday night:

N.C. Senate District 42

Sen. Andy Wells won a third term in the N.C. Senate, defeating Democratic challenger Ric Vandett, a former superintendent of Hickory Public Schools.

Wells received 66,513 votes, or about 66.3 percent of the vote between Alexander and Catawba counties. Vandett received 22,387 votes, or about 33.7 percent of the vote.

“Well, I’m happy,” Wells said. “Happy to live and represent Catawba and Alexander counties.”

Vandett said he was disappointed in the outcome.

“But it appears that party allegiance is pretty strong and that people looked at party first rather than the quality of the individuals,” Vandett said. “And that’s their right, and we’ll just go on from here.”

N.C. House District 89

Rep. Mitchell Setzer, the longest-serving member of Catawba County’s state legislative delegation, defeated Democratic opponent Greg Cranford for an 11th term.

Setzer received 18,855 or about 72.3 percent of the vote to Cranford’s 7,231 or 27.7 percent of the vote.

Speaking to an election night party of Republicans, Setzer said he was honored to serve the people of Catawba County.

“This victory is not mine,” Setzer said. “It is yours, and I appreciate everybody that put forth an effort in this endeavor.”

Cranford said he was pleased to have received the number of votes he did in light of the district’s Republican dominance.

“And I congratulate Mitchell Setzer on his re-election,” Cranford said.

N.C. House District 96

Rep. Jay Adams won a third term in the N.C. House against challenger Kim Bost.

Adams received 16,237 votes, or 60.8 percent of the vote, to Bost’s 10,469, or 39.2 percent of the vote.

Speaking to a group of Republicans at an election night party, Adams thanked his supporters.

“Thank you everybody for the support,” Adams said. “Thanks for the camaraderie. Thanks for everything.”

Bost also thanked her supporters. “It’s been a great run,” Bost said in an interview at a Democrat watch party in Hickory.

Editor's note: A caption connected to this story was updated Nov. 7.

Kevin Griffin is the City of Hickory reporter at the Hickory Daily Record.

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