Democratic incumbent Tom Benton defeated Republican Don McIntyre for the District 1 seat on the Wake County Board of Education in voting Tuesday.
Benton grabbed 51.75 percent of the votes to McIntyre’s 47.29 percent, taking most of the precincts in eastern Wake County. Benton’s unofficial margin of victory was 322 votes. Democratic school board members named Benton to the seat on the school board earlier this year after Chris Malone resigned to take a seat in the state House of Representatives.
Benton was a support of the bond issue which also passed by a comfortable 57.7-42.3 margin Tuesday night. The $810 million bond issue won most of the precincts in Raleigh and Cary, along with a few in the Garner area, but a large ring around the rest of the county, including most of the eastern Wake County precincts voted against the bond.
Benton holds a 3,938-3,633 advantage. Voters cast their ballots along largely geographical lines, with McIntyre winning precincts in the northern part of Wake County. McIntyre is from Wake Forest. Benton won the support of voters in eastern Wake County, where he lives and served as a school administrator.
Voters are also turning out to support the $810 million school construction bond. With 183 of 200 precincts reporting, bond supporters hold a 58-42 advantage. In real votes, the school bond has a 52,067-37,726 advantage.