Guilford County's three state Senate races were up in the air early this morning as a computer glitch delayed the results of those and other contests until the wee hours.
In Senate District 32, expected to be the tightest of the three races, Democratic challenger Mary Seymour led incumbent Republican Richard Chalk 6,154 to 5,333 in incomplete and unofficial returns.In Guilford County's two other Senate races, incumbent Robert G. ``Bob' Shaw led Democrat Everett Crutchfield 7,813 to 4,568 in District 19, and incumbent William N. ``Bill' Martin led Republican challenger O.C. ``Ozzie' Stafford 3,189 to 1,504 in District 31.
Some voters in District 32, which includes parts of Greensboro and most of High Point, based their choice between Chalk and Seymour on outside factors.
``I voted Republican,' said G.H. Vaughan, who voted at Lindley Recreation Center. ``I think folks are really frustrated. They're just worried about the good ol' boy network that seems to facilitate itself and doesn't seem to worry about who pays the bills.'
Other voters made their choices based on what they knew of the candidates.
``I liked (Seymour's) record very much,' said Walter Barker, who voted at Lindley Elementary School. ``I don't like Mr. Chalk's credentials.'
The race was a rematch of 1988 when Chalk defeated the then-incumbent Seymour.
Chalk campaigned on a platform that stressed limited government and conservative values. The 38-year-old Realtor with Brown Investment Properties said the state doesn't need to raise taxes and that there is no need for a lottery unless taxes are cut to account for the new revenue.
Chalk's stand on sex issues stirred controversy during his time in the Senate. He proposed raising the age at which a person can consent to sex, and making it a misdemeanor for those under 18 to have sex.
Seymour, 68, said during the campaign that she believed government had a role to play in helping people, but that people needed to shoulder some of the responsibility. The semiretired law office administrator briefly withdrew from the race in August after she was diagnosed with cancer. She later re-entered the race, and her health did not become an issue in the race.
She said she supported the Basic Education Program even if it meant raising taxes, a longer school day and school year and programs for disadvantaged children. She also said abortion should be a woman's choice.
In District 19, which covers part of Greensboro, most of rural Guilford County and part of Forsyth County, three-term incumbent Shaw, 65, said during the campaign that he would favor an across-the-board spending cut to deal with the state's budget shortfall, as long as classroom teachers are exempted.
Crutchfield, 36, supported basing the state's budget on actual revenue from the previous year, not projected revenue. He also said he believed the General Assembly created its own problems by increasing spending.
In District 31, which includes parts of Guilford County, Greensboro and High Point, four-term incumbent Martin, 45, said he could support tax hikes on corporations and the rich. He also said he'd support a sales tax increase if the poor were exempted.
Stafford, 57, favored basing the state's budget on previous year's revenues, not projected income, and said the state should maintain a large contingency fund for unexpected expenses.