UNION COUNTY — Senator Todd Johnson (R-District 35) was re-elected on Tuesday (Nov. 3), according to the N.C. State Board of Elections. He earned 63.51% of the votes (74,519), compared to his Democratic competitor Jose Santigo, who earned 36.48% (42,807).
The results of the election remain unofficial until Nov. 13, when canvassing has concluded.
Johnson won by a higher percentage in 2020; he claimed 61.51% of the votes (49,848) in 2016, when he defeated Democrat Caroline Walker.
At 11:48 p.m. on Election night, Johnson sent out a statement about his win.
“Two years ago, Union County voters gave me the honor to serve them in the North Carolina Senate. Tonight, they gave me that opportunity once again. I remain grateful for the trust they have placed in me.”
In January of 2019, Johnson began his first term in the state senate. His term involved working to pass a state budget that was repeatedly vetoed by Governor Roy Cooper. Then, the senate drafted new congressional district maps in response to accusations of gerrymandering. Finally, his first term also included working on COVID-related grants for businesses.
“My first term proved like no other in North Carolina’s history,” he claimed. “Unfortunately, the problems we faced this year will follow us into 2021.”
He said he has “complete confidence” the state will “move forward.”
To progress, Johnson believes the state needs to do 3 things: allow all North Carolinians to go back to work and businesses reopen, have students back in school for in-person learning and for the state should refrain from “deviating” from “fiscally sound economic policies enacted over the last 10 years.”