- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The race to succeed North Carolina Rep. Howard Coble in Congress has seen its share of the unexpected.

Greensboro Baptist pastor Mark Walker upset high-profile candidate Phil Berger Jr. in a bitter Republican runoff, even though Coble endorsed Berger. And Democratic nominee Laura Fjeld (fyeld) has raised the most money of any of the 6th District candidates.

Fjeld still faces a steep climb to pull off the victory in the central district anchored by half of Greensboro and Burlington and several Virginia border counties.

The district favored Republicans up and down the ballot in 2012. UNC-Greensboro professor David Holian says Fjeld has run a good campaign but is running in a midterm election in a district where President Barack Obama’s popularity isn’t great.

The candidates’ first televised debate is Thursday.

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