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Robert Pittenger keeps 9th District in Republican hands

Robert Pittenger

Robert Pittenger

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Voters are sending former state senator Robert Pittenger to the U.S. House.

The 64-year-old Republican won the 9th Congressional District seat left open when Republican Sue Myrick stepped down after nine terms.

With 83 percent of the precincts reporting unofficial returns, Pittenger had nearly 52 percent of the vote to defeat 52-year-old Democratic Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jennifer Roberts on Tuesday.

The race was one of the most bitter in the state, with Pittenger saying his opponent supported big government and Roberts saying Pittenger’s views were too radical for a district that wanted someone to work across the aisle.

The 9th District runs from western Monroe through southern and western Charlotte north to Iredell County.