North Carolina: Trump to raise funds for 2 House candidates

Published 08-30-2018

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - President Donald Trump is stopping in North Carolina to raise money for two U.S. House candidates amid uncertainty about the future of the state's existing congressional districts.

Trump is to make a public appearance and headline a private fundraiser Friday in Charlotte for two Republican candidates in districts observers say are the state's most competitive. It's still unclear if the 9th and 13th districts will keep the same boundaries, after a three-judge federal panel earlier this week ruled the state's districts were illegal partisan gerrymanders.

Republicans Mark Harris and Rep. Ted Budd lag behind their Democratic opponents in campaign cash and a visit from Trump might provide a needed boost. National donors have already spent millions on races in the districts, as the Democrats work to flip the U.S. House.

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