The dramatic redistricting of congressional districts has attracted a record number of candidates, especially Republican state legislators who can run in the special primary without risking their seats. There will be no runoff in the special June 7 primary. The top vote-getter wins without having a required 40 percent of the ballots cast.
The new 13th Congressional district that stretches from Greensboro to Iredell County has a record 22 candidates, most of them current legislators. Among them are Rep. Julia Howard, a former senior Finance Chairman and longtime House leader, and Sen. Andrew Brock.
10th District U.S. Patrick McHenry has four GOP challengers in the primary. The winner will face Andy Millard, a Rutherford County businessman and former educator who is waging an aggressive campaign on social media.