GOP holds early lead across the board


With more than half of Surry County precincts now reporting, it appears Republican candidates are holding onto early leads among Surry County voters in local, state and national elections.

In the race for the East District seat on the Surry County Board of Commissioners. incumbent Van Tucker is well on his way toward defeating challenger Ronald Bowman in the race for the East District seat on the Surry County Board of Commissioners.

With 16 of the county’s 29 precincts reporting, along with early voting totals, Tucker, a Republican, has 18,759, or 72 percent of the votes cast, compared to 7,341 for Democrat Bowman.

Rep. Sarah Stevens, R-Mount Airy, has a 19,076-7,095 lead over Democrat challenger Vera Smith Reynolds in the race for Steven’s 90th district house seat.

Incumbent Shirley Randleman, R-Wilkesboro, is outpacing her Democrat party challenger, Michael Holleman, 18,576 to 7,106 in the race for the 30th District senate seat.

While the gubernatorial, U.S. Senate and presidential races were still wide open at 8 p.m., it appeared Donald Trump, Sen. Richard Burr, and Gov. Pat McCrory were well on their way to winning Surry County.

Trump held a 19,933 to 6,344 vote edge over Hillary Clinton in the early voting numbers, with Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson at 590 votes and 233 write-ins.

In the gubernatorial race, McCrory was ahead 18,320 to 8,080 in early voting numbers over Roy Cooper.

Incumbent Republican Richard Burr, seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate, also held a commanding lead, 19,524 votes to 6,343 for Democratic challenger Deborah K. Ross. Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh recorded 900 votes.

Results will continue to be updated for these, along with statewide and national races, as results come available.

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