Thursday, 13 December, 2018

N Carolina GOP congressman is first incumbent to lose seat

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Deanna Wagner | 13 May, 2018, 04:01

Pittenger entered Tuesday believing he was on safer ground than he was two years ago, when he beat former Baptist preacher Mark Harris by just 134 votes in a newly drawn district. Harris will face Democrat Dan McCready who won his primary with 82 percent of the vote.

In a district President Donald Trump carried by 12 points in 2016, Pittenger and Harris sparred over loyalty to the president. State Democrats, backed by Gov. Roy Cooper, have candidates for all 170 General Assembly seats this fall, and are hoping to end the GOP's veto-proof majorities.

Harris is an outspoken supporter of President Trump and says he would welcome his support. Jones, who like his father before him has served the region in Congress for a quarter-century, said he stands on principle against expanding the national debt. Barbara Howe won the Libertarian primary. Meadows, who will take on Tuesday's Democratic primary victor Phillip Price and Libertarian candidate Clifton Ingram Jr., represents the mountainous 11th District.

In District ten, incumbent Congressman Patrick McHenry won more than seventy percent of the vote over five primary challengers.

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And in the 8th district, Democrat Frank McNeill a former mayor of Aberdeen, won the Democratic primary and will move on to face republican representative Richard Hudson.

Harris said, "I invite the congressman and his supporters to join our journey as we focus on keeping the 9th District red in November, ensuring the hard-working people of the 9th District have a congressman who is focused on representing them and their values". Two Democratic incumbents seeking nominations Tuesday also won.

Democrat David Price easily won his primary and will likely return to Congress from the 4th district. Her Republican rival in November will be Paul Wright, who won a three-candidate GOP primary. Unaffiliated voters - who can choose to vote in either the Democratic or GOP primaries - and Republicans are voting slightly less than their registration proportions. Walker is chairman of the Republican Study Committee caucus. Jeff Tarte in a toss-up district against Natasha Marcus; Republican Rep. John Bradford in a potentially competitive race against Christy Clark; and Republican Rep. Andy Dulin against Democratic attorney Brandon Lofton, if he survives a residency challenge.

He's one of nine Democratic challengers with a six-figure fundraising advantage over a GOP incumbent, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. - Greensboro businesswoman Kathy Manning defeated Adam Coker in the Democratic primary and will challenge first-term GOP Rep. Ted Budd in the 13th District.