Two Republicans Announce Run for Vacant Seat

Via The Washington Examiner:

Two Republicans announced their intention to run in the district currently represented by retiring North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, hours after the confidante of President Trump announced he would not seek reelection.

According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, hours before the filing deadline in the western North Carolina congressional district, state Sen. Jim Davis and Haywood County Republican Party Chairman Lynda Bennett filed to run for the House.

North Carolina’s new court-ordered map is shaking up the state’s congressional delegation. A pair of House Republicans, Mark Walker and George Holding, are leaving Congress after their districts were dismantled. The new map does move Meadows’s district somewhat to the left, from backing Trump 63%-34% over Hillary Clinton in 2016, to 57%-40%. But it’s still a GOP-leaning district, where the real action will come on the March 3 Republican primary.

“Congressman Mark Meadows’ retirement is a huge blow to Western North Carolina and movement conservatives all across our state and country,” Davis, who served in the state’s upper chamber since 2010, said in a statement. “I know I can’t fill Mark’s shoes but my experience in the state Senate shows I will stand with President Trump and fight for Western North Carolina’s conservative values.”