OFFICIAL: Reeder wins Pitt County state House race

OFFICIAL: Reeder wins Pitt County state House race
Published: Nov. 18, 2022 at 7:31 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2022 at 1:10 PM EST
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) -- It’s official, Dr. Tim Reeder has won that close state House race in Pitt County.

Incumbent Rep. Brian Farkas decided not to concede the race as unofficial election night results showed him losing by just 462 votes.

After absentee, provisional and mail-in ballots were counted this morning, Reeder still ended up on top, 15,212 to 14,858.

The margin was 354 votes, or 1.18%. Because the margin is above 1%, there will be no recount of the race.

Reeder shared his feelings after he officially won. “Relieved and excited. I’m really getting excited to start working for the citizens of Pitt County.”

Board of Elections Director, Dave Davis, says this close of a race is unusual for Midterms. “Not very often in elections like this. You see it a lot more in municipal elections where there’s a lower voter turn out so that creates slimmer margins, so it was interesting to see that pop up in this one.”

Reeder says the next step is learning how best to serve the citizens here in Pitt County.

“After a long campaign, really it’s how we start legislating. How do we craft policies, how do we create laws and policies, and regulations to improve the lives of citizens that I am now entrusted to take care of,” said Reeder.

The work is just beginning for the Board of Elections. Davis says “We still have a lot of work to do afterwards to wrap everything up. We have to finish all of our audits, we have to wrap up the voter history and attach images of document changes and get that out.”

Farkas is a first-term Democrat, while Reeder is a political newcomer, running as a Republican.

When WITN reached out to Farkas about the race, WITN was told he was not doing interviews.