21-year-old ECU student wins big in primary elections

ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Primary election day is over, and Super Tuesday lived up to its name for a 21-year-old here in the east, who made waves after beating a longtime state representative.

Wyatt Gable is now one step closer to becoming the North Carolina House Representative for District 14. On Super Tuesday, Gable beat longtime representative George Cleveland by 95 votes in the Republican primary. Cleveland would have been his way to his 11th term.

“In terms of the election I think people were ready for a change,” Gable said. “He’s been there 20 years not that it’s a negative thing, it’s just people want a fresh face in the office that going to represent them.”

Gable became interested in politics in high school and in college at East Carolina University during COVID with the goal of making a difference in people’s eyes. This election, he knew he needed to have a strong strategy to reach voters.

“We did a lot of door knocking, a lot of phone calls,” Wyatt said. “I know people appreciate that face-to-face contact.”

Gable will now run against Democratic candidate Carmen Spicer in the general election in November. Gable said he is ready for the fight to come but as for now, he is taking time to celebrate.

“Play golf tomorrow I know that for sure, and then take a little break from politics over spring and summer and then really get back to it and hit it hard in November,” Gable said.

WITN attempted to speak with Cleveland, but he said he did not want to comment at this time.

All election results are unofficial until the Onslow County Board of Elections canvass on March 15th.