George Holding says he's not in Congress yet; 'don't jinx anything'

fordonez@mcclatchydc.comMay 10, 2012 

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George Holding

JIM R. BOUNDS — AP

George Holding is happy to win the Republican primary for North Carolina's 13th District Congressional seat, but is uncomfortable with talk that he has the November general election contest in the bag.

When people jokingly call him “Congressman Holding,” he responds:

“Don’t jinx anything,” he says.

The former U.S. Attorney is expected to win in the redrawn district that leans heavily Republican. And it’s still unclear who his Democratic opposition will be.

Charles Malone, who won the Democratic nomination, had said he was dropping out of the race due to health problems. But now he’s feeling better and is reconsidering a run.

Holding says he won’t take anything for granted. He expects President Obama to spend as much as $100 million on the campaign, which draw out Democratic support and, Holding said, make any Democratic candidate competitive.

“It’s not over till it’s over,” he said.

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