“I want to thank the voters in District 2 for the honor of returning to the General Assembly,” Hulsey said in a text message. “I am humbled and grateful.”
Less than one hour after the polls closed, returns from the Sullivan County Election Commission showed Hulsey with 76 percent of the vote over his two opponents.
Hulsey, a retired police lieutenant and businessman, defeated Democrat Arvil Love Jr. and independent Robert Ellis.
In Sullivan County, Republican state Reps. John Crawford in the 1st House District and Timothy Hill in the 3rd House District were unopposed.