Retiring Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.) has endorsed Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr. (R) in his campaign to succeed Coble, giving Berger a boost ahead of his primary runoff.
Berger finished in first place in North Carolina's early May primary, falling just short of the 40 percent he needed to avoid a runoff in the crowded field. He is the favorite against Rev. Mark Walker (R) in the runoff. Coble's endorsement after three decades holding the seat could further boost Berger.
The winner is a heavy favorite in the general election, as the district is strongly Republican.