Holding, and His Super PAC, Win N.C.'s 13th District GOP Primary
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.