A Look At The Notable Congressional Races In The Charlotte Area

Oct 15, 2018

North Carolinians will vote on all 13 Congressional districts in November. Here's a look at the notable Congressional races from districts in and around Mecklenburg County and who else is on the ballot.

District 8: From Concord to north of Fayetteville

  • Democrat: Frank McNeill
  • Republican: Richard Hudson (Incumbent)

District 9: From south Charlotte to southeast of Fayetteville (Parts of Mecklenburg County)

  • Democrat: Dan McCready
  • Republican: Mark Harris
  • Libertarian: Jeff Scott

Why this race is important: The District 9 race has garnered national attention as Democrats try to flip a seat that has been held by Republicans since 1963 (although state board of elections data shows the majority of voters in the district are Democrats). District 9 is one of 24 that Democrats hope to win to flip control of the House.

Republican Mark Harris ousted incumbent Robert Pittenger in the May Primary. The Baptist Pastor is an avid Trump supporter who’s running on a traditionally conservative platform. The administration has been active in promoting Harris during his campaign. President Trump attended a Charlotte fundraiser for the candidate in August and Vice President Mike Pence’s wife, Karen, helped kick off a bus tour across the district for him. According to FEC candidate filings from Oct. 15, Harris had more than $468,000 cash on hand.

Democrat Dan McCready is running a centrist campaign in an effort to appeal to moderate voters. Campaign finance reports show the businessman and veteran’s campaign is very well-funded with more than $1.6 million in cash on hand Oct. 15.

District 10: From Gastonia to Asheville

  • Democrat: David Wilson Brown
  • Republican: Patrick McHenry (Incumbent)

District 11: From Morganton to west of Asheville

  • Democrat: Phillip Price
  • Republican: Mark Meadows (Incumbent)
  • Libertarian: Clifton Ingram, Jr.

District 12: Charlotte up to Davidson (Parts of Mecklenburg County)

  • Democrat: Alma Adams (Incumbent)
  • Republican: Paul Wright

Why this race is important: Democratic incumbent Alma Adams in running for re-election in a majority Democratic district which makes up most of Charlotte and north Mecklenburg County. State board of elections data show the number of registered Democrats in District 12 is more than double the number of registered Republicans.

Adams won her primary election with 85 percent of the votes and has over $260,000 cash on hand. According to campaign finance data, Republican challenger Paul Wright has not reported any cash on hand.

District 13: Davidson, Davie and Iredell Counties with the northern part of Rowan County.

  • Democrat: Kathy Manning
  • Republican: Ted Budd (Incumbent)
  • Libertarian: Tom Bailey

Why this race is important: A September poll released by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee showed Manning narrowly leading by four percentage points. However, an October Poll released by the New York Times and Siena College showed Budd leading by 6 percentage points.

Manning, a Philanthropist, former lawyer and businesswoman, is running a campaign focused on lowering the price of health care and prescription drug prices. According to FEC reports, Manning had more than $976,000 in cash on hand on Oct. 15.

Budd is the incumbent, first elected in 2016. He owns a gun store and a shooting range. He’s running a conservative campaign focused on traditional family values, tax reform and support of President Trump. FEC reports from Oct. 15 show Budd had more than $824,000 cash on hand at the end of September.

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