N.C. Republicans Strengthen Hold In Congress

N.C. Republicans Strengthen Hold In Congress

11:38am Nov 05, 2014

Republicans have captured 10 of North Carolina’s 13 seats in Congress. This solidifies the party’s hold over the state’s representation in the U.S. House.

Republican Mark Walker defeated Democrat Laura Fjeld, holding the 6th District seat being vacated by the retirement of longtime GOP U.S. Rep. Howard Coble. The state’s 7th District flipped Tuesday to Republican control, with David Rouzer winning the seat for the GOP after the retirement of Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre. In the 2nd District, Republican U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers defeated her Democratic challenger, former “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken.

The GOP victories stacked up despite an electorate that was more evenly divided statewide. That's the result of a 2011 redistricting plan drafted by the Republican-dominated state legislature that has withstood court challenges. Democrats have criticized the districts as being heavily gerrymandered, packing many of the state’s minority voters into just a handful of districts. Republicans contend the new districts are fair and legal.

 

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