The U.S. House of Representatives 6th district in North Carolina will see major border changes and a major shift in campaigning for the seat.
The district lost Davidson, Randolph and part of Guilford County, but legislators added eight new northern counties, including Surry and Rockingham.
“Many of those folks in the eight new counties don’t know me, but they don’t know my opponents, either, so at least we’re starting off even,” said Rep. Howard Coble, the longtime representative for District 6. He’s running for re-election against Guilford County Commissioner Billy Yow and former radio broadcaster Bill Flynn in the Republican primary.
Many voters are upset they’re no longer in the 6th District.
“I was disturbed because we were losing Howard Coble,” said former Thomasville Mayor Hubert Leonard. “I am a staunch Democrat, but I am a total, 100-percent supporter of Congressman Howard Coble.”
When state legislators redistricted boundaries, they moved some Davidson County voters out of the 6th District and into the 5th or 8th districts.
Board of Elections offices sent out letters to affected voters this week.