The end of the filing period for congressional primaries showed major shifts and a slew of new candidates.
The Republican primary in the 2nd Congressional District has a whole new look. U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers had four challengers after the first round of filing. None of them filed in the 2nd District in this second round.
Instead, Ellmers, a Dunn Republican, will face a new set of high-profile challengers: U.S. Rep. George Holding of Raleigh and former U.S. Senate candidate Greg Brannon of Cary.
Last month, legislators redrew congressional boundaries as it complied with a federal court order. The legislature ordered a new filing period for congressional races. Filing ended Friday. The congressional primary is set for June 7.
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Jim Duncan, a former Chatham County GOP chairman and thought to be a major contender in the 2nd District, announced Friday he was ending his campaign. Duncan was endorsed by the Club for Growth, conservative blogger Erick Erickson and others.
Duncan considered and rejected the idea of running in a different district, said his campaign spokesman Sean Moser.
“Jim didn’t want to be a guy looking for a race,” Moser said.
Kay Daly, another Republican contender in the 2nd District, filed to run instead in the 13th District, a new open seat. Frank Roche announced earlier he was ending his 2nd District primary campaign. Tim D’Annunzio filed to run in the 8th District.
State Rep. Julia Howard, a Mocksville Republican who is in her 14th term, filed to run in 13th District. She joins 16 other Republicans in the 13th District primary, including three other GOP legislators – Sen. Andrew Brock of Mocksville, Rep. Harry Warren of Salisbury and Rep. John Blust of Greensboro.
The legislators canceled the primary runoff, so top vote-getters will win.
In all, 76 candidates filed for congressional seats.