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Proposed N.C. Congressional Map Sets Up Incumbent Showdown

Much of Holding's current district would move into another. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

North Carolina Republicans are gearing up for a showdown between 13th District Rep. George Holding and 2nd District Rep. Renee Ellmers as a result of a proposed new congressional map the General Assembly approved Friday.

"Nobody's too thrilled about a primary, but that's the democratic way," Carter Wrenn, a consultant working for the Holding campaign, told  The Raleigh News and Observer

Tar Heel Blues for North Carolina Democrats

Rep. Larry Kissell (above) lost to former Congressional aide Richard Hudson. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

North Carolina Democrats are having a very, very bad night. Running in a redrawn Congressional map favoring the GOP, at least three Democratic Congressmen will not be coming back to Capitol Hill. The only bright spot for Democrats: Rep. Mike McIntyre's race remained too close for the Associated Press to call as of 10:10 p.m.

Democratic Rep. Larry Kissell (D) lost to former Congressional aide Richard Hudson (R). With 68 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press said Hudson had 58.4 percent to Kissell's 41.6 percent. Kissell, a lackluster fundraiser and campaigner, always had a steep path back to the House. After the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee abandoned him, not fulfilling reservations it had to advertise on TV for him, his fate was all but sealed.

North Carolina: Establishment-Backed Richard Hudson Wins

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a victory for the Republican establishment, former Hill aide Richard Hudson won his GOP primary runoff in North Carolina's 8th district tonight, beating dentist Scott Keadle, who was strongly backed by the anti-tax Club for Growth.

With 63 percent of precincts reporting, Hudson was ahead with 64 percent of the vote to Keadle's 36 percent. In the Republican primary and the runoff, outside groups spent more than $1.6 million on this race.

North Carolina Picks Primary Winners

Updated: 11:37 p.m. | North Carolina voters went to the polls Tuesday to select candidates in a series of primary elections, but the results may have broader implications. The winners of a number of competitive Republican contests are likely to be elected to Congress this November.

An extreme gerrymander by the GOP-controlled statehouse means Republicans could net as many as four seats from the Tar Heel State this cycle.

North Carolina: Killian Picks Up McCain Endorsement

State Rep. Ric Killian, an Army Reserve colonel running in a crowded GOP primary in the Tar Heel State's 9th district, picked up the endorsement of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) today.

“Leaders need the courage to make hard choices for the long-term benefit of our country. Ric has shown that kind of courage throughout his lifetime of service,” McCain said in a statement released by the Killian campaign. “His experience in business and the legislature make him the best candidate for this seat and I am proud to support him, but it is his record of duty, honor and service to our country that will make him an outstanding Congressman.”

North Carolina: Pittenger to Join GOP Field to Replace Myrick

Former state Sen. Robert Pittenger (R) is set to announce his candidacy today for North Carolina’s open 9th district, currently represented by retiring Rep. Sue Myrick (R).

He is one of 13 candidates (one Democrat, one Libertarian and 11 Republicans) who filed to run last month with the state board of elections. He is considered a serious contender for the safe Republican seat, along with local county commissioner Jim Pendergraph (R), state Rep. Rick Killian (R) and insurance executive Dan Barry (R).

North Carolina: Charlotte Councilman Announces for Sue Myrick District

Charlotte City Councilman Andy Dulin announced a bid for Congress in North Carolina's open 9th district today, hoping to replace retiring Rep. Sue Myrick (R).

In an interview with Roll Call between announcement events, Dulin, 52, harped on his constituent service bona fides and his opposition to President Barack Obama's health care law and the Dodd-Frank legislation.

North Carolina: Kissell Challenger Jumps Districts

North Carolina insurance executive Daniel Barry, who entered the GOP primary to take on Rep. Larry Kissell (D-N.C.) in August, today announced he is now running in the open 9th district, currently represented by

, today announced he is now running in the open 9th district, currently represented by retiring Rep. Sue Myrick (R).

North Carolina: Sue Myrick Won't Seek Re-Election

Updated: 4:02 p.m. | North Carolina Rep. Sue Myrick (R) announced today she will retire from the House this year.

“After thoughtful discussion with my family, I have decided not to run for another term in Congress," the Congresswoman wrote in a post on Facebook and said in a video posted on YouTube.