Lisa Stone Barnes carried 55 percent of the vote total on Tuesday and won the District 11 race for the North Carolina Senate.
Barnes, a Republican, defeated Democrat Allen Wellons of Smithfield. Mr. Wellons received 45 percent of the vote total across 43 precincts in the 11th District covering portions of Johnston and Nash counties.
In unofficial results, Barnes received 60,879 votes to 49,718 votes for Wellons.
Barnes will replace state senator Rick Horner who did not seek reelection.