News Politics: Bo Hines, a 26-year-old Republican challenger, will compete against Wiley Nickel, a two-term Democratic state senator, in the contest for North Carolina’s newly redistricted 13th Congressional District.
The most heated election in North Carolina is for the 13th District. The outcome of this election could determine the balance of power in the U.S. House, as it is one of a few swing districts across the nation. Rep. Steny Hoyer, the Democratic House Majority Leader, visited North Carolina on Sunday to support Nickel. Prior to that, Hines made an appearance with Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader, at a farm in Fuquay-Varina.
North Carolina has always been a pretty bellwether state for where we’re going. But I will tell you, what I’m seeing in North Carolina today is exciting for Republicans,” he said.
North Carolina has always been very important, but to me, in this election it’s one of the most important states,” McCarthy said Aug. 9, standing alongside Hines with a tractor behind them. “It will determine whether we win the majority in the House and, I think, win the majority in the Senate.”
The district stretches from Apex, in southeastern Wake County, south into Harnett County and east to Goldsboro. It’s an open race for the seat in Congress. Rep. Ted Budd, the incumbent, is running for North Carolina’s open Senate seat.