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McInnis defeats Mills to retain Senate seat

ROCKINGHAM — Tom McInnis gets to keep his seat for another two years after defeating Democratic challenger Helen Probst Mills for the N.C. Senate District 25 seat.

“I’m very humbled to have been chosen by the people to represent District 25 again today,” McInnis said from Moore County late Tuesday night.

He said his campaign consisted of “a lot of hard work by a lot of people.”

McInnis said his re-election shows that “our district is interested in smaller government, lower taxes, better education and more opportunities for economic prosperity for everyone.”

This is the second time Mills has challenged and lost to McInnis.

Senate District 25 covers Richmond, Moore, Anson and Scotland counties. The majority of voters in the heavily Democratic Anson County picked Mills, as in 2018, but McInnis carried the other three, according to the N.C. State Board of Elections.

Scotland County was the first to have all results in, with McInnis winning by 252 votes.

“I won it by four votes the last time,” he said, adding it was the first time a Republican had won a Senate seat in Scotland County in 140 years.

Moore County voted overwhelmingly for McInnis, with the incumbent senator taking 64.2% of the vote.

The race was also tight in his home county of Richmond, with just more than 57% voting for McInnis.


This will be McInnis’ fourth term in the North Carolina Senate. He was first elected to the position in 2014 after defeating Democrat Gene McLaurin.

“I look forward to getting back to Raleigh in January and continuing to bring bold and decisive leadership in the North Carolina Senate for District 25,” McInnis said.

All results are unofficial until canvassing.


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