Hanig defeats Boswell for state House GOP nomination

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Currituck County commissioner Bobby Hanig has beat incumbent Beverly Boswell for the GOP nomination to the state House of Representatives District 6 seat.

At 1p p.m., Hanig held 52.22 percent of the vote to Boswell’s 47.78 percent, with less than 300 votes difference.

Boswell, in her first term, won Hyde and Pamlico counties by 65 and 69 percent, but lost more populated Dare County 42 percent to Hanig’s 57 percent.

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In Currituck, Hanig’s home county, he won the primary 55 percent to Boswell’s 44 percent.

During the campaign, Boswell accused Hanig of being too liberal to represent Dare, Currituck, Hyde and Pamlico in the state House of Representatives.

But Hanig called himself a true conservative with plans to prioritize cutting taxes, eliminate waste in government and invest in economic development projects.

In a statement Tuesday night, Hanig offered a thank you.

“I am humbled by the outpouring of support today for my campaign…for OUR campaign. This was not my victory, but rather OUR victory – for the people, by the people. This victory demonstrates that the message of conservative leadership spoke to you – that you want decisive, conservative leadership that will protect your rights.”

In the state Senate race for the District 1 seat, local real estate professional Clark Twiddy lost his bid for the GOP nomination to state Rep. Bob Steinburg.

Twiddy took 41.99 percent of the vote to Steinburg’s 58.01 percent for the District 1 seat, but won by a large margin in his hometown of Dare County, with 61 percent of the vote.