After 12 years of campaigning, Republican Michael Speciale of New Bern won a seat in the General Assembly.


After 12 years of campaigning, Republican Michael Speciale of New Bern won a seat in the General Assembly, the victor over Democrat Robert Cayton of Aurora for the District 3 seat in the N.C. House of Representatives.



Though Cayton won his home Beaufort County by 1,661 votes, Speciale handily took Craven and Pamlico counties. In unofficial totals, Speciale totaled 20,630 votes (59 percent), while Cayton had 14,209 votes (41 percent).



Speciale said he felt confident before the rain began to fall Tuesday.



I told my workers, I feel like well do it and they should go home and not get sick, he said. I didnt think the voters remaining would turn the tide.



I thank everybody who voted and contributed their efforts. I feel good about America, just in the amount of interest Ive seen in this election.



Speciale is a retired Marine who had lost previous bids for the N.C. House.



Im proud to be a Republican, a conservative, a Christian, and proud of my country, he said.



Hell fill the seat being vacated by Republican Norman Sanderson, who won his bid to fill the District 2 N.C. Senate seat.