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Deborah Ross wins open US House seat in North Carolina

November 4, 2020 GMT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democrat Deborah Ross has been elected to an open U.S. House seat in North Carolina over Republican Alan Swain.

The outcome in the Raleigh-area district was influenced by a court order that required the state to redraw its congressional map ahead of the 2020 election. The new boundaries in the district were expected to favor Democrats and narrow the GOP’s majority in the state’s congressional delegation. It represented the second district Democrats picked up on Tuesday, giving them five of the state’s 13 U.S. House seats.

The seat was previously held by Republican Rep. George Holding, who announced his retirement last year.

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Ross most recently ran for elected office in 2016, when she failed to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr. She previously served in the state House from 2003 to 2013.