Democratic gains means several GOP incumbents lose

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Democratic successes in North Carolina General Assembly races meant several Republican incumbents won't return in 2019, while others are in races still considered too close to call.

At least seven GOP incumbents from Wake and Mecklenburg counties lost Tuesday. They include GOP Rep. Nelson Dollar of Cary, the senior chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, who lost to Democrat Julie von Haefen.

A senior chairman of the House Finance Committee, GOP Rep. Bill Brawley of Matthews, led Democrat Rachel Hunt by only about 50 votes, with absentee ballots still trickling in. Hunt is the daughter of former four-term Gov. Jim Hunt.

In another razor-thin result that's not been settled, GOP Sen. Michael Lee of Wilmington trailed Democrat Harper Peterson by less than 40 votes.

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