LUMBERTON — After this morning’s counting of provisional votes for the May 6 primary, political newcomer Faline Locklear Dial has come within two votes of longtime Robeson County Commissioner Noah Woods, who has held the District 4 seat on the County Board of Commissioners since 1990.
Dial immediately requested a recount, and Steve Stone, chairman of the Robeson County Board of Elections, set the recount for 8 a.m. Saturday.
Out of 157 approved provisional ballots counted today just before the canvassing of all primary race results, 25 ballots made muster to be included the District 4 race for county commissioner. Dial picked up 16 provisional votes, increasing her vote total to 1,059; Woods picked up nine provisional votes, bringing his total vote count to 1,061.
Woods, who has never been seriously challenged for his board seat, declined to comment after he saw his lead drop to just two votes. He had led by 11 votes after the May 6 primary, and Dial picked up two absentee votes on Friday.
Dial said after the count that voters in District 4 are “definitely ” sending a message that they want change.
Both Woods and Dial are Democrats and the winner is unopposed in November’s General Election.
In the six-way race for the District 2 seat on the county Board of Commissioners, after provisionals were counted, former Commissioner Berlester Campbell still held a significant lead over incumbent Commissioner Hubert Sealey. None of the six candidates garnered 40 percent of votes cast, the number of votes to prevent a run-off election.
According to G.L. Pridgen, Sealey, the second highest vote-getter, has formally requested a runoff with Campbell, the high vote-getter. The date of a runoff has yet to be determined.
“If there is no federal runoff, the local runoff will be June 24,” Pridgen said. “If there is a federal runoff, the local runoff will probably be sometime in July.”
The results of the District 2 commissioner race after all ballots were counted are: Berlester Campbell, 833; Hubert Sealey, 666; Larry S. Graham, 485; Paul Hunt Jr., 430; John Jackson, 97; and Jason Carter, 48.
None of the other race outcomes were affected by Tuesday’s canvass.