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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

Shop Talk: Manchin Picks New Chief of Staff

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia announced Monday he has tapped Hayden Rogers to be his new chief of staff. Rogers was a candidate for Congress in 2012 and previously served as chief of staff to former Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C..

Rogers, an affable, garrulous 42-year-old, hewed an independent profile on the campaign trail, running for North Carolina’s 11th District. He appears to be a good fit for Manchin, one of the Democratic senators most comfortable bucking his party.

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.

Daily Ad Track

Live in a competitive district? It is nearly impossible to turn on the television and not see ads with seniors, tying a candidate to President Barack Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) or Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

But not all ads took the cookie-cutter approach. Here is what cut through the clutter today:

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: Candidate Appears to Flirt With Birtherism

Congressional candidate Mark Meadows made comments about President Barack Obama and Kenya in recent weeks. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

GOP Congressional candidate Mark Meadows, likely to be the GOP nominee in the heavily Republican 11th district of North Carolina, appears to have flirted with birtherism on at least two occasions in recent weeks.

"2012 is the time we're going to send Mr. Obama home to Kenya or wherever it is," Meadows said to applause at a June 9 tea party rally. "We're going to do it!"

North Carolina: Mark Meadows Gets Patrick McHenry Endorsement

Real estate investor Mark Meadows, in a runoff for the GOP nomination in North Carolina's 11th district, picked up the endorsement of Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) today. Meadows, a strong candidate with support from the tea party and the establishment, faces businessman Vance Patterson in the July 17 runoff.

“Mark Meadows is the only true conservative Western North Carolinians can count on to fight President Obama’s assault on our values,” McHenry said in a statement released by the Meadows campaign. “Mark is a conservative businessman willing to challenge the status quo in Washington and fix this broken economy. I strongly urge those who want less government and more conservative solutions to send Mark Meadows to Congress.”

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: Mark Meadows Picks Up Jeff Duncan Endorsement

Real estate investor Mark Meadows, the apparent frontrunner in the crowded GOP primary in North Carolina's open 11th district, picked up the endorsement of Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) today.

“Mark Meadows will fight for what’s right, because he understands that higher taxes and more regulations are not the way to solve our country’s problems,” Duncan said in a statement released by the Meadows campaign. “Conservatives of Western North Carolina should send Mark Meadows to Congress. We need his help.”

North Carolina: Ethan Wingfield Launches Ad in 11th District

Ethan Wingfield, a 26-year-old Republican businessman, will begin airing a 30-second TV ad in North Carolina's 11th district on Monday, aiming to introduce himself to voters before a crowded GOP primary on May 18.

Wingfield's ad, which is backed by a $25,000 week-long buy on cable and broadcast TV across the district, shows him standing in front of a white background next to an easel pad with graphics drawn on it.