Fitch wins 2nd state Senate term

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Sen. Milton F. “Toby” Fitch Jr. will serve a second term representing Wilson, Edgecombe and Halifax counties. 

Fitch, a Democrat, defeated Republican challenger Sammy D. Webb, a criminal defense attorney from Roanoke Rapids. The Senate District 4 seat encompasses all three counties. 

Fitch captured 57% of the total vote (50,933) compared to Webb, who garnered roughly 43% (38,201). Election results are unofficial until a Board of Elections canvass. 

“I am thankful to the citizens of Wilson, Edgecombe and Halifax counties for placing their confidence and trust in me,” Fitch said. “I will do all that I can to uphold the trust and faith imposed upon me.” 

Fitch said the victory is a clear indication of what matters to the people the most —  broadband expansion in eastern North Carolina as well as Medicaid expansion, increasing teacher pay, improving public education and creating higher-paying jobs so folks can earn a living wage. 

“These are the things that eastern North Carolina needs in order to feel competitive on a global scale,” he said. 

Fitch said he’s grateful to voters and to his campaign staffers, who he said worked extremely hard during this election cycle. 

“Without them, this would not have been achievable,” Fitch said. 

In Wilson, Fitch won 52% of the vote compared to Webb’s 48%; in Edgecombe, Fitch won roughly 64% of the vote compared to Webb’s 36%, and in Halifax, he won 59% of the vote compared to Webb’s 41%. 

Attempts to reach Webb were unsuccessful on Tuesday night.