Three-term US Rep. George Holding (R-Raleigh) is likely to get a Democratic challenge from a former state Representative. Yesterday, ex-state Rep. Linda Coleman (D), who lost her seat to a Republican in 2012, decided to re-enter elective politics with an attempt against a formidable GOP incumbent.
The 2nd District, which was newly created in the court ordered redistricting directive shortly before the 2016 North Carolina primary, is a reliable Republican CD. President Trump carried the seat with just about a ten-percentage point spread, or six full points better than his statewide victory margin. The new draw originally paired Rep. Holding with former Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-Dunn) in a GOP primary battle that the Congressman won decisively, and before he would record 57% in the general election. As such, Mr. Holding begins this re-election drive as a solid favorite.
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