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Beth Wood wins re-election as NC state auditor

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Beth Wood

Beth Wood

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina office responsible for tracking how the state’s money is spent and holding government departments accountable for inefficiency or waste will continue to be run by Democrat Beth Wood.

Unofficial results show Wood had 53 percent of the vote to defeat Republican Debra Goldman in the race for state auditor on Tuesday.

Wood is a certified public accountant whose re-election campaign hinged on noting that Goldman had no background in auditing and was unqualified.

Goldman touted her experience helping to oversee a multimillion-dollar budget on the Wake County school board, which oversees North Carolina’s largest school district.

The retired firefighter and emergency medical technician’s campaign was sidetracked due to news reports of a messy tangling of her personal life with her single school board term.