Ousted Incumbents Say Race Not An Issue In Election Challenge

Two white incumbents who lost municipal elections to black opponents in the town of Scotland Neck are challenging the outcome.

But the winners say the challenge is only in the Halifax County town's predominantly black precinct.

James Mills, who was elected the town's first black mayor on Nov. 6, says the challenge goes back to voter suppression and intimidation. He says he won the election fair and square.

Current mayor Robert Partin insists his complaint has nothing to do with race. He's asking for a new election, citing improprieties and irregularities found by his campaign which include out-of-town voters and some voters casting ballots twice.

Partin's complaint was filed with the Halifax County Board of Elections.

Scotland Neck's 2,300 residents live in one of two precincts: one predominantly black and the other mostly white.