Elections

All North Carolina incumbents keep seats in Congress

Republican Ted Budd is backed by major conservative political organizations like the Club for Growth as he vies to become the new representative from the newly-drawn 13th Congressional District. The 13th district is the only congressional race in North Carolina this year without an incumbent.
Republican Ted Budd is backed by major conservative political organizations like the Club for Growth as he vies to become the new representative from the newly-drawn 13th Congressional District. The 13th district is the only congressional race in North Carolina this year without an incumbent. bhenderson@charlotteobserver.com

All 12 U.S. House incumbents handily won re-election Tuesday in North Carolina, with political newcomer Ted Budd, a Republican, prevailing in a district with an open seat, according to unofficial election results.

 

In a record-breaking year for early-voting turnout, the balance of party power in North Carolina’s congressional delegation will stay the same. The only contest with no incumbent – the 13th Congressional District – gave voters a choice between Budd and Democrat Bruce Davis. Budd captured about 56 percent of the vote by late Tuesday.

Helped to victory by the Club for Growth and the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus political fundraising arm, Budd said he appreciates the support but is undecided on joining the Freedom Caucus.

“We haven’t made any big decisions like that,” he told the News and Observer late Tuesday.

The numbers for U.S. House races weren’t final late Tuesday but represented a large portion – about 4.49 million – of all votes cast statewide in the election.

Statewide, congressional candidates ran in districts intentionally drawn by North Carolina state lawmakers to be “safe” for either 10 Republicans or three Democrats. On average, incumbents running for re-election raised more than 13 times the campaign cash as their opponents, giving them a distinct advantage.

Lawmakers positioned to return for another two-year term in Congress include U.S. Reps. G.K. Butterfield, a Wilson Democrat; George Holding, a Raleigh Republican; David Price, a Chapel Hill Democrat; and Mark Walker, a Greensboro Republican. All four posted big win margins.

Price said he was gratified voters re-elected him for a 15th term to represent much of the Triangle area, including parts of Durham, Orange and Wake counties. Like other incumbents, Price cruised to victory, thanks to partisan gerrymandering – which he takes issue with.

“I really do think (gerrymandered districts) need to be fixed,” Price said.

Anna Douglas: 202-383-6012, @ADouglasNews

Results

District 1

G.K. Butterfield, D (i) 68.60%

H. Powell Dew Jr., R 29.02%

All precincts reporting.

District 2

George Holding, R 56.73%

John McNeil, D 43.27%

All precincts reporting.

District 3

Walter Jones, R (i) 68.22%

Ernest Reeves, D 31.78%

All precincts reporting.

District 4

David Price, D (i) 67.86%

Sue Googe, R 32.14%

All precincts reporting.

District 5

Virginia Foxx, R (i) 58.46%

Josh Brannon, D 41.54%

Results as of midnight.

District 6

Mark Walker, R (i) 59.30%

Pete Glidewell, D 40.70%

Results as of midnight.

District 7

David Rouzer, R (i) 60.98%

J. Wesley Casteen, D 39.02%

All precincts reporting.

District 8

Richard Hudson, R (i) 58.83%

Thomas Mills, D 41.17%

All precincts reporting.

District 9

Robert Pittenger, R (i) 58.25%

Christian Cano, D 41.75%

All precincts reporting.

District 10

Patrick McHenry, R (i) 63.15%

Andy Millard, D 36.85%

All precincts reporting.

District 11

Mark Meadows, R (i) 63.91%

Rick Bryson, D 36.09%

All precincts reporting.

District 12

Alma Adams, D (i) 67.13%

Leon Threatt, R 32.87%

Results as of midnight.

District 13

Ted Budd, R 56.12%

Bruce Davis, D 43.88%

All precincts reporting.

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