Out of the 10,088 voters registered in Swain County, 7,080 have had their votes counted so far. That number is expected to increase slightly as the final mail-in ballots are received by the Board of Elections.
Swain County voters overwhelmingly supported President Donald Trump’s re-election bid and voted to elect mostly Republicans, with the exception of Democrat Justin Greene. Although Greene narrowly won the vote in Swain County, his home county, for District Court Judge, he ultimately lost the rest of the district to Republican Kaleb Wingate.
Two seats on the Swain County Board of Commissioners were up for grabs, with Republican Kenneth Parton being the top vote-getter with 3,415 votes. Democrat Roger Parsons received the second-highest number of votes with 3,018 votes to secure his spot on the board.
All three members on the ballot for the Swain County Board of Education were elected as three candidates were vying for the three open seats. Republicans Cody White and Mitchell Carson as well as Democrat Gerald (jerry) McKinney were all elected to the board.
There were over 1,000 write-in votes for Swain County Soil and Water Conservation, which will be tallied up and the top vote-getter being offered the position.
While Governor Roy Cooper won re-election in North Carolina, voters in Swain County made a statement by voting in favor of Dan Forest 54 percent to 43 percent for Cooper.
*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.