Club for Growth Candidate Wins Crowded North Carolina Primary

Ted Budd won with less than 40 percent of the vote

Ted Budd, left, was endorsed by the Club for Growth PAC in North Carolina's 13th District. (Courtesy Ted Budd for Congress Facebook page)

Businessman Ted Budd defeated a field of 16 other Republicans Tuesday night to become the likeliest new member of Congress from North Carolina.   

Most of the candidates in the new 13th District were little known. But the Club for Growth PAC endorsed the firing range owner, airing two ads on his behalf.   

Budd won with just 20 percent of the vote, with 91 percent of precincts reporting.   

The state's General Assembly did away with its runoff provision when it approved a new congressional map earlier this year.   

North Carolina pushed back its congressional primaries to June after court-mandated redistricting scrambled the lines of the state's 13 districts shortly before the state's March 15 primaries .   

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The new map shifted the 13th District, currently represented by GOP Rep. George Holding, across the state. Holding decided to run for the new 2nd District, and won Tuesday night.

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