New majority leader doesn't want repeat – State –

RALEIGH — Sen. Martin Nesbitt, the Asheville lawmaker who was elected as the Senate majority leader Tuesday, will help lead Senate Democrats into an election next year that looks painfully familiar.

Nesbitt, 63, has spent nearly half his life as a legislator, starting in 1979 and interrupted only once – when he was bounced from his then-House seat by the Republican sweep of 1994.

He lost to an opponent who spent $50 in a three-member district where all Nesbitt needed to do was come in third to win. Story continues here ➤