CIS — In an odd primary contest, a Republican member of the House of Representatives, who had cast an odd vote (for a Republican) in favor of amnesty, lost to another sitting GOP member in North Carolina on Tuesday. So far in this election year, she is the first Republican House member to lose a primary.
Races between sitting members of Congress of the same party are unusual, but not without precedent.
In a strange twist, Rep. Renee Ellmers lost despite the fact that she had been endorsed by Donald Trump; she was said to be the only candidate for Congress to be endorsed by him in a primary contest. (A more traditional candidate for president would not have taken sides in a primary contest between two incumbents belonging to his party.)
Ellmers was in a three-way contest with two more conservative, male Republicans. The winner was Rep. George Holding (R-N.C.); the two members had been forced into a single district by the GOP-controlled state legislature, which had to redraw the lines because a federal court found that they had gerrymandered the previous set of lines to help Republicans and hurt Democrats.
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