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Ellmers Becomes First GOP Incumbent to Lose in 2016
Trump's late endorsement couldn't save heavily targeted incumbent

Renee Ellmers is the first GOP incumbent of the year to lose. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers, the first GOP member of Congress endorsed by Donald Trump, lost her primary Tuesday night to fellow Republican Rep. George Holding.

Ellmers is now the first GOP member of the year to lose. She faced not only a redistricting challenge but also an onslaught of opposition from outside groups.

Free Guns Anyone?
North Carolina's Greg Brannon isn't the first to raffle off firearms

Brannon is just the latest Republican to raise attention for his campaign by raffling off firearms. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Nothing says Republican primaries like a gun raffle.  

North Carolina Republican Greg Brannon is just the latest Republican candidate to offer up a free firearm in hopes of growing his list of supporters.  

Hunger Games in North Carolina
Two GOP incumbents vie for the same seat

Holding, who currently represents the 13th District, is running in North Carolina's new 2nd District. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 5:00 p.m. |  The first Republican member of Congress to lose a seat this year will almost surely hail from North Carolina.  

The state holds its congressional primaries next month, and in a rare political twist of fate, two incumbents are facing off in the 2nd Congressional District.