Four Democrats in North Carolina's second congressional district plan to challenge incumbent Republican candidate U.S. Rep. George Holding, R-N.C. in November 2018 as a part of a larger national trend in response to President Donald Trump's election.
Of the 435 House seats up for election, 240 are currently held by Republicans and 194 by Democrats.
North Carolina's second congressional district may be a location in which Democrats can focus their efforts to flip the congressional majority in their favor.
Holding, a Raleigh native who was elected in 2016, currently represents the second district. The district encompasses many of the counties surrounding Raleigh.
Ken Romley, a Raleigh businessman and one of Holding's challengers, said in a statement he has always been interested in the Democratic Party's policy.
“The recent efforts by the Republicans on issues like undermining our healthcare system and proposing tax breaks for their really, really rich friends has compelled me to run for office and replace our disengaged representative, George Holding, with someone who cares,” he said.
Sam Searcy, a candidate also running against Holding, said in an email Republicans in Congress continuously vote to strip healthcare from North Carolinians.
“I’m running to work for North Carolinians by protecting their access to quality, affordable healthcare and to help create good paying jobs here in our district," he said.
Romley and Searcy, along with candidates Wendy May and Linda Coleman, appear to be part of a larger movement of Democrats vying for historically Republican seats throughout the country.