Two GOP candidates face off in 9th District race

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It has been a bruising Republican primary in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. But the race will be settled when the two top vote getters in the May primary face off against each other July 17th.

The runoff pits former Mecklenburg County Sheriff Jim Pendergraph against former state senator Robert Pittenger.

The winner will be the favorite heading in the fall. The district is overwhelmingly Republican.

U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick of Charlotte is retiring after holdng the seat for 18 years.

The runoff has been contentious. Pittenger and Pendergraph have spiced their campaign with a flurry of negative radio ads and mailers that some local Republicans complain has been a turnoff.

The winner will face Democrat Jennifer Roberts, a Mecklenburg County Commissioner, and Libertarian Curtis Campbell.

Credit: The Associated Press.