Republican Ted Budd holds off challenger to win reelection in North Carolina

Republican Ted Budd holds off challenger to win reelection in North Carolina
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Rep. Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddRepublican Ted Budd holds off challenger to win reelection in North Carolina Election Day: An hour-by-hour viewer’s guide Jockeying already stepping up in House leadership fights MORE (R-N.C.) won reelection Tuesday, defeating Democrat Kathy Manning in a race that tightened in the closing weeks of the campaign.

Budd, a freshman congressman, first won election in North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District by 12 points in 2016. His seat emerged as a main Democratic target in the 2018 cycle, and the nonpartisan Cook Political Report rated the race as a “toss-up” heading into Election Day. 

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Manning, an attorney and small business owner, handily won a Democratic primary earlier this year for the right to challenge Budd. Tuesday's race also featured Green Party candidate Robert Corriher and Libertarian candidate Tom Bailey.