Hanig edges out Boswell, Steinburg sails to Senate nomination

By on May 8, 2018

Bob Steinburg

Bobby Hanig

Currituck County Commissioner Bobby Hanig picked up the win Tuesday in a tight race for the Republican nomination in state House District 6, while state Rep. Bob Steinburg easily captured the GOP nod for Senate District 1.

Hanig defeated incumbent Rep. Beverly Boswell with 53 percent of the vote in the four-county district. At one point, the race had narrowed to 30 votes.

She was unable to win her home county, which went for Hanig with 57 percent of the vote. Boswell came under fire last year for her advocacy of lifting the ban on plastic bags in Dare County. Negatives continued to pile up during the primary campaign.

Turnout in the district encompassing Dare, Currituck, Hyde and Pamlico counties stood at a sparse 12 percent. Hanig will face Democrat Tess Judge in the November election.

“One thing is clear — this election showed that truth, integrity, and strong conservative values prevails in the murky, chaotic world of politics,” Hanig said in a statement.

“Throughout the campaign, I heard again and again from voters that they want a leader who will listen, and they want a workhorse not a show horse. I am grateful to the primary voters for this honor, and I will not disappoint. Tomorrow, the general election begins, and I want district voters to know one of my top legislative priorities is securing funding for the College of Albemarle to expand in Dare County.”

Boswell will be a lame duck when the General Assembly reconvenes for the even-year budget adjustment session next week, and was one of five incumbents in the legislature to lose their primary.

The pair collected an almost identical number of votes in Dare (1626-1200) and Currituck (1625-1216).

In the GOP primary for Senate District 1, state Rep. Bob Steinburg defeated challenger Clark Twiddy 58 percent to 42 percent.

Steinburg will face D. Cole Phelps, a Washington County commissioner and Democrat from Creswell, in the November general election.

While Phelps was on ballots cast Tuesday, it was determined last month his opponent did not live in the district, and the N.C. State Board of Elections did not report the results of voting in that race.

Meanwhile, incumbent Republican Commissioner Rob Ross withstood a challenge from Ronnie Merrell to hold on to his District 2 seat in Dare County.

“I am so grateful to the many friends and supporters who worked on my behalf,” Ross said after the results were reported.

“The voters of Dare county recognized the value of our county services, from 911 first responders to our school teachers, and validated our board’s budget decision. Despite being substantially outspent by my opponent on this campaign, our message got through and we have indeed put Dare county first.”

Rob Ross and Anne Patera Tuesday night. (Facebook)

In the GOP primary for retiring incumbent Jack Shea’s At-Large seat, Republican Ed Danko was trounced by Anne P. Patera, who will face Democrat Ervin Bateman, a Kitty Hawk town councilman, in the fall.

“I want to thank all the volunteers who worked the polls and encouraged me throughout a difficult and contentious campaign,” Petera said. “I also extend to the voters of Dare County my sincere gratitude for their votes and promise them a civil, issues-oriented campaign in the General Election.

“My primary focus is on preserving and protecting Dare County and ensuring that it remains a special place for generations to come.”

In the Currituck County At-Large primary, Republican Commissioner Mike Hall lost to Kevin McCord, who previously served on the board from District 4 and picked up 59 percent of the vote.

McCord will face Democrat Joe Payne in the general election in November.

Another former commissioner, J. Owen Etheridge, knocked off incumbent Marion Gilbert and challenger Fred Whiteman in a tight race for the GOP nomination in District 5.

In the GOP primary for Sheriff, Matt Beickert won handily over Bob Douros, who could manage to only pick up just under 23 percent of the vote.

Etheridge and Beickert are unopposed in the general election.

Third District Congressman Walter Jones turned back a pair of Republican challengers and also will not face a November opponent. Jones has said this will be his last run for the U.S. House.

Results are not official until they are certified by county boards of election.

State Republican Primary

U.S. House of Representatives, District 3
Walter B. Jones, 20,862
Phil Law, 14,266
Scott Dacey, 13,380

State Senate, District 1
Bob Steinburg, 6,760
Clark Twiddy, 4,894

State House of Representatives, District 6
Bobby Hanig, 3,613
Beverly Boswell, 3,202

Dare County Republican Primary

Board of Commissioners, District 2
Rob Ross, 1,407
Ronnie Merrell, 1,266

Board of Commissioners, At-Large
Anne P. Petera, 1,931
Ed Danko, 723

Dare County Board of Education, District 1
Frank O. Hester, 1,429
Rick Casey, 1,030

Currituck County Republican Primary

Board of Commissioners, At-Large
Kevin E. McCord, 1,730
Mike Hall, 1,178

Board of Commissioners, District 5
J. Owen Etheridge, 1,059
Marion Gilbert, 901
Fred Whiteman, 886

Matt Beikert, 2,275
Bob Douros, 676

Hatteras Pathway Referendum

Allowing the Hatteras Village Community Center District to expand the uses of the ad valorem tax authorized in Chapter 212 of the Session Laws of 1981 to include funding the construction and maintenance of multiuse pathways around the village of Hatteras.
For, 157
Against, 10

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  • Floyd


    You are a prime example of whats wrong with the left. You changed affiliation to vote in the opposite partys primary. You are why the left is lost to communism.

    Note that this site encouraged voters to do exactly what Bill tried to do. Not illegal but totally unethical.

    Wednesday, May 9 @ 1:04 pm
  • Floyd


    Obviously you either are recent transplant or do not live here. The plastic bags are a problem. If you have never noticed then you haven’t been here long enough.

    Wednesday, May 9 @ 1:06 pm
  • Roadrunner

    Unfortunately Michael most folks just can”t get that through their heads.

    Wednesday, May 9 @ 2:02 pm
  • dave

    You are a prime example as to why the right is lost to fascism. Btw, the change in affiliation is an old right wing trick. I love you glass house dwellers.

    Wednesday, May 9 @ 4:25 pm
  • Stephen

    I agree with Floyd in his response to Michael.It boggled my mind how an elected official like Bev Boswell could have been so tone deaf about the issues of her constituents. We have owned our obx semi oceanfront home for more that 21 years. Anyone who could not see the damage due to an accumulation of plastic bags in the ocean , on the beach, in the dunes and the sound had to be blind, blind, blind. The bag ban marked a noticeable difference. Officials of all local jurisdictions and homes associations expressed their views to her office in resolutions opposing the bag ban repeal. She NEVER responded to the numerous requests from her constituents, and fortunately for us, and for the state of North Carolina, she not return to Raleigh next year.

    Wednesday, May 9 @ 4:40 pm
  • obxBill

    Floyd, its not unethical, its a right…. and being an unaffiliated voter allows for choice, which fortunately is a good thing.
    When throwing around the word “communism” as loosely as you and others…. well wonder why those mindsets are going nowhere politically now?

    Wednesday, May 9 @ 5:24 pm
  • Really?

    Oh the little bag babies are still crying 😭! Boswell is gone but the bags are still here! Hahahaa!!

    Wednesday, May 9 @ 6:15 pm
  • Big Daddy

    Michael, the point is that a step in the right direction was a step in the right direction. Helping by not polluting was a right thing to do and if people felt that way, good for them. If people on Roanoke Island didn’t ban bags, maybe us beach people will make such a fuss, maybe we will be heard. A move for good should make a person think…”Maybe i should do the right thing”.

    Wednesday, May 9 @ 9:24 pm
  • Floyd


    I’m a democrat. You are a communist. Big difference.

    Wednesday, May 9 @ 9:51 pm
  • Floyd

    Obx bill

    You were a registered Democrat. You tried to change to vote in your opposing party’s primary. That would be considered unethical …..well if you had ethics.

    Wednesday, May 9 @ 9:53 pm
  • Floyd


    The only people that do not see the plastic bags as an issue are recent transplants or those that do not live here. It’s not a partisan issue but one that the majority of locals agree with as a great idea to ban them.

    Wednesday, May 9 @ 9:55 pm
  • WombatNC

    Look in the mirror, who’s whinning and crying now?

    Wednesday, May 9 @ 10:00 pm
  • acumen

    In as many decades as I have been transplanted here, I’ve always seen aluminum cans as the most discarded item on the beach, not plastic bags. I reckon you non-transplants are cool with piss water Busch and Budweiser as beach glass.

    Thursday, May 10 @ 2:44 am
  • dave

    Floyd: I’m an American; or you would say: “merican. You are a fascist pretending to be a democrat. You OBVIOUSLY don’t even know what a communist is. Lol.
    Really: Your losers lost. Get over it.

    Thursday, May 10 @ 8:03 am
  • obxBill

    Floyd – I do not see the GOP as my “opposing” party. I see the individuals (Danko, Boz, etc) running on that party and their positions/mindsets as simply wrong.
    There are some good people who ran on the GOP here and fortunately those folks won. You see… Floyd, your mindset is simply grouping all who disagree with you as “communists liberals, etc..” whereas, I look at the individuals running for office. If those people have crazy or nonsensical ideas, or use language that is flat out toxic and divisive, then I am fully against that person regardless of party.

    Word of advice for Steinburg… drop the MAGA, and focus being an inclusive moderate who can win votes from both sides if he strives for policies and action the community as a whole can benefit from. Otherwise, he will lose…

    Thursday, May 10 @ 8:13 am
  • JohnBoy


    Facism is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism, characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and control of industry and commerce.

    Liberal democrats epitomize facism by wanting the gov’t to control everything (income distribution for example), shouts down opposing thoughts (see all the issues at universities or other places that conservative speakers go), and want gov’t to control industry and commerce (health care, banks, and numerous other examples).

    Conservatives by nature (not necessarily Republicans) want gov’t out of our lives and have people accountable for their personal choices.

    Thursday, May 10 @ 12:05 pm
  • ninlives

    Now if the losers will clean up their act. It appears that all the winners have managed to get their signs off the roadways, but not the losers in Tuesday’s primaries. Merrell has 4 including his huge one, between Colington Road and Ocean Acres on the ByPass. Boswell has her huge one on Colington Road next to the sound. Twiddy is the winner with 9 signs still hanging around 2 days afterwards and Dacey has 2 still out there. I missed one at the corner of Colington Road and the ByPass – too many of them as I turned the corner. I know that there is a law stating candidates have a certain amount of time to remove signs, but as I originally said, the winners were able to get theirs up, but the losers are showing their true colors and leaving theirs out as eyesores. If anyone knows these candidates, please put pressure on them to get rid of those signs. Thanks

    Thursday, May 10 @ 12:08 pm
  • dave

    LOLOL! That scream you hear….yeah, its your shoulders calling your rear end….they want the head back. “Small” gov’t like occupying a women’s uterus? “Small” gov’t like the $1.5 TRILLION omnibus? Etc, etc, etc. Your first paragraph PERFECTLY describes the Trumph administration. Did you do a quick google search and assimilate a few tid-bits of information and type it out to make yourself look as if though you may have some sort of education? Have you ever thought about the fact that the vast majority of college professors align themselves with democrats/progressives?

    Friday, May 11 @ 8:18 am
  • Floyd


    You are the reason that so many Democrats are leaving the party. You are given a clear explanation of fascism yet you still don’t understand the term.
    Your rambling last post is typical and hardly readable.

    All of your answers are cookie cutter responses that you get from the far left. You are doing nothing but hurting your own party but you do not have the intelligence to realize it.

    Friday, May 11 @ 1:41 pm
  • dave

    LOLOL @ Floyd! Did that make sense when you blurt-typed that out? Record numbers of Democrats are/have registered to vote! More Democrats are turning out and voting in the special elections Maybe you should stop watching the “State Run TV” channel (we all know what channel that is). Obviously I have a HUGE impact on you as you cannot help yourself from responding to my posts! Maybe you should try taking History 102…. Civil War to present. Yes Floyd, I alone am the reason that so many Democrats are leaving the party! LOL!

    Monday, May 14 @ 8:10 am