Tuesday night, voters in Western North Carolina overwhelming voted to elected Haywood County Republican Kaleb Wingate to fill seat 6 of North Carolina’s District Court Judge District 30, a seat left vacant with the retirement of long time Judge Richard Walker.
Wingate, who has served as an attorney in private practice as well as a prosecutor under District Attorney Ashley Welch, was elected with 71,188 votes compared to Justin Greene’s 38,006 votes. Greene, a Democrat from Swain County did win his home county by less than 50 votes, however, Wingate won the other six counties in the Judicial District.
“First and foremost, I am thankful to God for this blessing,” said Wingate. “I am also thankful to my family, friends, and all of my supporters for their hard work. I am grateful for the confidence of the voters of the 30th Judicial District. I promise to work hard, follow the law, and treat everyone fairly.”
Wingate will be joining Republican Tessa Sellers and Democrat Monica Leslie who were both re-elected Tuesday night, although they ran unopposed.
Other Judges for the 30th Judicial Districts include Roy Wijewickerama and Kristina Earwood, and Donna Forga.
While the Judicial District 30th race was easily determined Tuesday night, the North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Seat won’t be decided until all mail-in votes are counted. As of Wednesday morning, Incumbent Democrat Cheri Beasley received 2,667,031 votes to Republican challenger Paul Newby’s 2,670,773 votes. With a couple of thousand votes separating the two, the race will come down to the final vote counts.
*Editor’s Note: This is part of our ongoing Election 2020 result series covering everything from winners of races to the role and functions of the Electoral College.