- Associated Press - Sunday, June 5, 2016

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is weighing in on an unusual battle in the only U.S. House race pitting incumbents against each other.

Over the weekend, U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers’ campaign sent out an email featuring a recording from Trump saying he needs the North Carolina Republican’s help in Washington. Trump says Ellmers was the first member of Congress to endorse him.

North Carolina’s hastily redrawn congressional districts, combined with more $1 million spent on attacks by outside groups, have set up a race between Ellmers and George Holding in Tuesday’s primary. It’s the first time two sitting members of Congress have faced each other since 2012.

Whoever takes the primary has a strong chance of winning the Republican-leaning territory in the fall. A Republican doctor is also running.


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