Jim Duncan, thought to be a leading challenger to U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers in the 2nd Congressional District, has decided not to run for Congress this year.
Duncan, a former Chatham County GOP chairman, had been endorsed by the Club for Growth, Erick Erickson and others.
Legislators redrew congressional district boundaries to comply with a federal court order, and Duncan was drawn out of the 2nd District. U.S. Rep. George Holding, a Raleigh Republican who now represents the 13th District, has filed in the 2nd. In the new map, the 13th District is moved to the west.
Duncan considered running in a different district, said campaign spokesman Sean Moser.
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“We looked at all districts,” Moser said. “We talked to representatives of all districts. It just didn’t seem to be a good fit with what Jim was wanting to accomplish. We’re sure Mr. Holding is going to defeat Miss Ellmers and will have a good run in Congress,” he said.
“Jim didn’t want to be a guy looking for a race,” Moser said. For now, Duncan is not endorsing Holding, Moser said.