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Another North Carolina District to Watch

GOP Rep. George Holding faces a competitive challenge from Linda Coleman.

George Holding, Republican nominee for Congress, speaks to supporters gathered at a rally in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. House Speaker John Boehner was also at the event to support Holding and fellow candidate Renee Ellmers in the November election.
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Kyle Trygstad
Sept. 21, 2018, 10:36 a.m.

Most years, a legitimate Democratic offensive opportunity wouldn't crop up in traditional Republican territory where the party’s most recent presidential nominee received just 42 percent of the vote. But in this midterm cycle, it’s exactly the kind of seat that is firmly on the battlefield for Democrats with six weeks to go.

If early election night discussions aren't already centered on how big the Democratic House majority is, not whether they’ll get it, they likely will be if a Democrat wins North Carolina’s 2nd District, based in Raleigh’s Wake County. It's one of three top targets in the state.

CLF’s opening of a field office in the district and its $1.4 million airtime reservation indicate how seriously Republicans are taking Rep. George Holding’s challenge from Linda Coleman, who lost the last two lieutenant governor elections. And the DCCC adding Coleman to its Red to Blue list Thursday and EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock touting her to national reporters earlier this week make it clear how optimistic Democrats are.

Holding, who went on the air as early as March, even sent a fundraising appeal last month that revealed his internal polling found him trailing by 3 points. Two subsequent polls, including one from the Coleman campaign, found the Democrat up a point.

-- Kyle Trygstad

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