GOP poised to pick up Congressional seats in NC

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans have picked up at least two Congressional seats.

Former U.S. Attorney George Holding, a Republican, won the 13th Congressional District seat Tuesday, flipping it from the Democrats.

The 44-year-old Holding had 61 percent of the vote in early, unofficial totals to defeat 66-year-old Democratic state government worker Charles Malone.

In the 11th district, Republican Mark Meadows won the open seat over Democrat Hayden Rogers.

Rogers served as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, who decided not to run for a fifth term after Republican lawmakers redrew the district.

Heading into the election, Republicans held seven of the state’s 13 Congressional seats. But with new political maps drawn by the Republican-controlled state legislatur last year, the GOP was poised to pick up a few new ones.
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