White concedes; Cook elected to state Senate

By on December 3, 2012

Bill Cook

Nearly a month after Election Day, Sen. Stan White conceded the race for his first district state Senate seat to state Rep. Bill Cook Monday.

With seven of eight counties having conducted hand-to-eye recounts of a percentage of ballots cast Nov. 6, Cook’s margin over White had shrunk by just one vote to 20.

White decided that the results in Perquimans County, which had scheduled their recount for Tuesday, would not likely change the outcome.

“I wish him the best of luck and certainly hope he represents (the first district) well,” White said Monday.

The Democrat from Nags Head was appointed to the seat in January 2011, succeeding longtime Senate leader Marc Basnight, who resigned for health reasons.

Cook, a Republican from Chocowinity, was elected in 2010 to the state House from the 6th District, but decided to run for the Senate after redistricting moved him into a district already controlled by the GOP.

Stan White

After Election Day, White led by 388 votes. When canvassing took place 10 days later, provisional and absentee ballots shifted the advantage to Cook.

A machine recount conducted last week shrank Cook’s lead to 21 votes and led to the hand-to-eye recount that started Friday.

Each county chose a random precinct, then two Democrats and two Republicans from the local board of elections inspected each ballots to confirm who received the vote.

The only difference in results from last week’s machine recount and the hand-to-eye recount was in a Camden County precinct, with one additional vote found for White.

With Cook’s victory, the North Carolina Republicans have now picked up two more seats in the Senate and expanded their super-majority to 33 of 50 seats.

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Pieidmont John

December 8, 2012 12:15 pm

I only wish what is best for the obx. My family would love to move there. We support the US fishermen, no foreign caught/raised fish for us. But when the politicians feel they are above the law or circumvent voters voices, a price should be paid. This arse knows my voice is best heard in the voting booth and where my money is spent, be it a restaurant or other businesses. All the best to the OBX and NC.


December 6, 2012 8:52 pm

Stan was a lot better choice than Bill Crook,you dumb arses will see very shortly!!!!


December 6, 2012 8:47 pm

Our district if screwed with this guy as our Senator,get ready to eat imported toxic farm raised seafood.The CCA CFRG and a few other anti commercial fishing groups just gained another voice in Raleigh.This dude is no good for our coastal fishing communties and we are a part of this economic engine on this coast and thats getting ready to be gone and replaced with 1 user group allocated to 3 species of importance to this District!!!Please people email write letters telling our leaders in Raleigh that we don’t want Gamefish Status in this state, unless you want to eat toxic farm raised imported seafood!!!!!!I’ll stick with wild caught and so should every freaking resident of our District!!!!


December 6, 2012 6:54 am

I hope we are finally done with Basnight.

Frank Moore

December 5, 2012 2:44 pm

Not a mandate, just a correction of a choice by the kingmakers, not the voters.


December 5, 2012 12:03 pm

We are talking a difference of twenty votes. Not exactly a mandate. The political smacktalk seems a bit misplaced to me. Now that the matter is decided, let’s give thanks for both candidates. That they are willing to serve in the current political climate, is admirable. I hope both men will continue to contribute to the betterment of Eastern North Carolina.

OBX Resident

December 5, 2012 11:38 am

@ Piedmont John: you are 100% right. The voter’s corrected the shenanigans. We will manage and continue to exist without the exalted ones promoted from within. There is going to be some cleaning of the house in the coming year in the State agencies that should make life better for all.

Mr Nice Guy

December 4, 2012 9:03 pm

Appreciate the Voice covering this race. Lesson in citizenship for all.


December 4, 2012 8:41 pm

Best of luck Mr. Cook. I’m looking forward to great things.

Pieidmont John

December 4, 2012 8:39 pm

I’ve watched this race from mid state and although close, the voters will be represented by an elected senator. The shenanigans of Whites appointment should have been addressed by the legislature. Some minimum amout of time should be served in an elected officals term or a special election should be held.The plan of Basnight and the Demecrats to hold that seat deprived the voters of the obx of a true vote in the previous election. Thanks to the voters for sending Mr White home.

Sandra Clark

December 4, 2012 11:58 am

I got to know now Senator Bill Cook during this election and he is an honorable man and Dare County will be better off with him in this seat. Good Luck Senator Cook!

Salvo Jimmy

December 4, 2012 11:03 am

A good example of why every vote does count and not voting can easily shift outcomes.


December 4, 2012 9:34 am

Now we get what we voted for, not what aws given to someone without our say.

Ray Midgett

December 4, 2012 8:27 am

I fully expect Dare County will now crumble and sink down into the ocean! :)

Frank Moore

December 4, 2012 6:48 am

We finally have someone in this office that was actually elected and not given the seat. I feel confident that Mr. Cook will “certainly” represent the first district well. It won’t take much to improve over what White has given us.

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