North Carolina’s incumbent insurance commissioner, Democrat Wayne Goodwin, beat back a challenge by Republican Mike Causey of Greensboro to keep his job.
Goodwin won 51.8 percent of the 4.3 million votes cast in the contest; Causey garnered 48.1 percent.
Causey, a former insurance agent, touted his insurance background as a reason for voters to select him. But Goodwin argued that the state is better off with a commissioner who is not tied to anyone in the industry regulated by the Department of Insurance.
This is Causey’s fourth try for the post. He also lost in 1992, 1996 and 2000 to the long-time Democratic incumbent, Jim Long.
Goodwin was elected to the job in 2008 when Long retired.