Incumbent Democrat Janet Cowell declared victory in the race for state Treasurer, with unofficial returns showing her defeating Republican Steve Royal by more than 7 percentage points.
The state Treasurer invests the states pension fund, and is a financial adviser to state and local governments.
Cowell, who won a second term, pointed to the states AAA bond rating and a study by the Pew Center on the States that ranked the state pension fund among the healthiest in the nation as evidence her agency is doing a good job.
Royal, a self-employed CPA from Elkin, tried to make political contributions from those who do business with the treasurer a campaign issue.
He massed about $13,000 for the race, more than half of which came from his own pocket.
Cowell raised nearly $1.2 million.