RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry has won a fifth term in North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District.
The 36-year-old Republican won in a district that was redrawn to include more Democrats.
McHenry had 61 percent in early, unofficial returns Tuesday to beat 64-year-old Democratic North Carolina House member Patsy Keever.
McHenry’s political career began when he ran for a state House seat while at Belmont Abbey College. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 2004.
The 10th District stretches from Hickory and Gastonia west along the counties that border South Carolina to Polk County before extending into Asheville. The Republican-led state legislature added Asheville to McHenry’s district to move likely Republican voters to other districts.
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