• Joe Sam Queen has reclaimed the N.C. Distrct 119 House seat. (Photo by Don Richeson.)
    Joe Sam Queen has reclaimed the N.C. Distrct 119 House seat. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

Joe Sam Queen reclaims N.C. Dist. 119 House seat

Despite surpassing Clampitt district-wide, Queen wasn't most popular pick in southern Jackson County

By Don Richeson / Staff

Democratic challenger Joe Sam Queen has reclaimed the North Carolina District 119 House seat he lost to Republican Mike Clampitt in the 2016 election. However, although Queen won the district’s overall vote -- receiving 15,537 votes to Clampitt’s 14,166 votes, he ran behind Clampitt in all southern Jackson County precincts.

Clampitt had higher vote totals than Queen in the Cashiers, Glenville and Canada voting districts:

• Cashiers -- Clampitt, 699; Queen, 433.

• Glenville -- Clampitt, 651; Queen, 327.

• Canada -- Clampitt, 154; Queen, 103.

Queen captured 52.31 percent of the total vote to Clampitt’s 47.69 percent.

The unofficial results from the Nov. 6 election are with 99.15 percent of the precincts reporting. They are from the North Carolina State Board of Elections website, https://er.ncsbe.gov.

Queen and Clampitt have now squared off for the seat four straight times, with Waynesville's Queen also winning in 2012 and 2014, but losing to Bryson City's Clampitt by a thin margin in 2016.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the Nov. 14 print edition of the Crossroads Chronicle for detailed election results.

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