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Tea party PAC endorses Holding

U.S. Reps. Renee Ellmers and George Holding participated in a primary debate May 19, 2016, at WRAL TV studios in Raleigh. The Republicans are squaring off in a rare incumbent-vs.-incumbent primary fight in North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District.
U.S. Reps. Renee Ellmers and George Holding participated in a primary debate May 19, 2016, at WRAL TV studios in Raleigh. The Republicans are squaring off in a rare incumbent-vs.-incumbent primary fight in North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District. tlong@newsobserver.com

The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund has endorsed U.S. Rep. George Holding in the 2nd Congressional District Republican primary.

With the endorsement, the PAC rejected U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, who won her first congressional campaign with tea party backing, and Greg Brannon, a Cary obstetrician who has won tea party support in his campaigns for U.S. Senate.

The 2nd District primary has drawn national attention because it is the only congressional primary in the nation pitting two incumbents against one another.

“In North Carolina’s newly-drawn 2nd congressional district, Tea Party supporters have a chance tomorrow for a two-fer – we can, with one vote, reward a conservative and at the same time reject a Representative who first ran for office with Tea Party support but was seduced by Washington once she got to the nation’s capital,” the group said in a statement.

Holding has soaked up endorsements from conservative groups that claim Ellmers has ‘gone Washington.’

The turnout for Tuesday’s primary is expected to be low, and there is no run off.

Ellmers has been battling the perception that she has grown to close to U.S. House Republican leaders. On Saturday, her campaign announced that presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump endorsed her. Trump recorded a robo-call for her.

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