Republican Norman Sanderson will continue to represent District 2 in the North Carolina Senate for the next two years.

With all precincts reporting Tuesday night, Sanderson was well ahead of his Democratic challenger, Dorothea White of New Bern, 57,498 to 29,230 — or 66.30 percent to 33.70 — in unofficial results.

The district includes Craven, Carteret and Pamlico counties.

Sanderson, of Arapahoe, first won a Senate seat in 2012, replacing the retiring Jean Preston. He had previously served as the District 3 member of the N.C. House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013.

White has not held office, but this was her second run for District 2. White ran in the 2014 primary, but took second place behind Democractic challenger Carroll Ipock II, losing by about 1,200 votes. Ipock went on to be defeated by Sanderson by nearly 13,000 votes.

Sanderson easily outraised White to run his campaign. Reports filed at the State Board of Elections show Sanderson’s campaign raised nearly $40,000 in the 2016 election cycle, compared to White’s roughly $2,700.

Despite the wide margin, Sanderson said he did not come into the election assuming a victory.

“Every time that you make a decision to run for public office,” he said, “you can never predict what the outcome’s going to be. You run hard and you try to be as honest as you can.”

He declared his victory as “a team effort, what our party has done for North Carolina. I really appreciate people recognizing that, and being willing to trust me.”

Sanderson added that he sees his win as “confirmation that we’ve put North Carolina back on the right track. It’s a much better place than it was when we arrived in Raleigh in 2011.

“I appreciate the people in this district,” he added. “They’re really great people.”

Phone calls to White for comment were not immediately returned.