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Former US Senate nominee Ross wins NC congressional primary

March 4, 2020 GMT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Raleigh attorney and former state House member won a North Carolina congressional primary on Tuesday, making her the likely favorite to reach Capitol Hill nearly four years after an unsuccessful U.S. Senate run.

Deborah Ross defeated three other Democrats in the 2nd Congressional District primary, including Wake County school board member Monika Johnson-Hostler, Andy Terrell and Ollie Nelson.

Ross was the Democratic U.S. Senate nominee in 2016 but lost to Republican Sen. Richard Burr in the general election.

The 2nd District seat is currently held by GOP Rep. George Holding, but he decided against reelection because of recent redistricting that dramatically changed the boundaries to favor a Democrat.

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The district has covered all or parts of six east-central counties, including suburbs around Raleigh. But the reconfigured 2nd is only in strongly Democratic Wake County.

Ross, who had a large fundraising advantage in the primary, will face Republican Alan Swain and Libertarian Jeff Matemu, both of whom had no primary competition.