N.C. Rep. Yvonne Lewis Holley (D-Wake) will be the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor after N.C. Sen. Terry Van Duyn (D-Buncombe) declined to hold a runoff election.
None of the six candidates in the primary received more than 30 percent of the vote, meaning by law that the runner-up candidate could request a runoff election. Holley received the most votes, carrying 26.6 percent of those who voted in the race. Van Duyn followed with 20.4 percent, and all other candidates received less than 20 percent of the votes.
Van Duyn announced Tuesday she would not pursue a runoff.
In a post on her campaign’s Facebook page on Tuesday evening, Van Duyn thanked her supporters and reflected on the campaign.
“I got into this race because I believed that Governor Cooper needed a real partner to advance his agenda of a North Carolina where education is our top priority, where we expand Medicaid and where we grow more good paying jobs for everyone,” she said.
Van Duyn also said she would stay involved in elections in the state.
“While tonight I congratulate Representative Holley on winning our party’s nomination for Lieutenant Governor, I remain committed to building a better North Carolina for all of our families,” she said. “We have so much work to do and we must elect Democrats up and down the ticket.”
Holley released two brief posts on Facebook, one thanking individuals for their support for the campaign.
“Today I feel blessed and highly favored. Humbled and grateful,” Holley said from her account.