The presidential candidates' super PACs get all the attention, but super PACs focused on individual House races started the year with a victory Tuesday night, as ex-U.S. Attorney George Holding won the Republican primary in North Carolina's 13th Congressional District.
The Associated Press called the race for Holding, who defeated ex-Raleigh Mayor Paul Coble, at 10:45 p.m. WIth 98 percent of precincts reporting, Holding led Coble 44 percent to 34 percent, with a third candidate sweeping up the remainder.
Coble, who has been in and out of local government for two decades, began the race better-known, but Holding outspent Coble with a massive television advertising campaign. Then, at the end of February, a super PAC called the American Foundations Committee began collecting six-figure checks from Holding's friends and family. The group plowed almost all of its money -- over a half-million dollars -- into additional TV ads boosting Holding and bashing Coble.
After redistricting, the 13th District is a reliable Republican seat; Holding can expect to be a member of the 113th Congress.