Chief Deputy Majority Whip Patrick McHenry (R-Lake Norman) is no stranger to repelling Republican primary challenges. He has defended himself in three consecutive primaries, and will do so again this May. Anti-Trump activist Gina Collias announced her candidacy, joining two other Republicans as intra-party challengers to the veteran Congressman. With a total of three Republicans on the ballot, Rep. McHenry should have an easy run for re-nomination. Under North Carolina election law, a candidate is nominated once he or she reaches just 40% in the first election. The Tar Heel State primary is May 8th. If a run-off becomes necessary, it will occur on July 18th.
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