Nearly 300 GOP supporters, candidates and elected officials met Saturday night at the historic Laboratory Mill for the annual GOP Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner.
A straw poll was conducted at the beginning of the event, with the results tallied and announced prior to Tillis’ speech. The straw poll results were as follows: U.S. Senate winner was Tillis with 73 percent of the vote, followed by Mark Harris at 16 percent and Greg Brannon with 6 percent.
McHenry won 80 percent of the U.S. Congress vote over Richard Lynch. Lincoln County Clerk of Courts results showed Candy Burgin winning with 57.6 percent, Fred Hatley with 25.7 percent and Alex Patton at 16.6 percent.
The straw poll for County Commissioner, where two candidates could be elected, resulted with Bill Beam winning with 104 votes, Anita McCall with 65 votes, Martin Oakes with 51 votes, Mike Davis with 36 votes and Richard Permenter with 11 votes.
Special guests included keynote speaker and N.C. Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, U.S. Congressman Patrick McHenry, N.C. Supreme Court Justice Mark Martin, District Court Judge Paul Holcombe, N.C. House Representative Jason Saine, N.C. Senator David Curtis and Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter.
Festivities at the dinner included a speech by Tillis, an awards presentation, cake and pottery auction and a straw poll for candidates involved in GOP primaries.
“This was a great event and was one of the largest and most successful Lincoln Reagan Day Dinners we have ever had,” Party Chairman Jon Propst said. “It is a result of enthusiasm that this year’s races have with the Republican voters in Lincoln County and the hard work, dedication, and loyalty our executive board and volunteers have with our local party.”
During the awards presentation, executive board committee members presented the Lincoln County Republican of the Year to Carpenter.
“Sheriff Carpenter exemplifies what it means to be a Republican in Lincoln County, and it was an honor to present him with this award,” Propst said.
Other awards included a Rising Star Award, presented to Saine.
“Rep. Saine has been a proven hard-working, conservative representative for Lincoln County, and his ceiling is very high as to what he can accomplish,” Propst said.
Other award recipients included Brain Rabalais for “Chairman’s Award” and Don Pendleton for “Lifetime Achievement.”