- Associated Press - Friday, August 24, 2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Two Republican congressional candidates say President Donald Trump is coming to North Carolina to help them raise money for expected tough fall campaigns against well-funded opponents.

U.S. Rep. Ted Budd and GOP nominee Mark Harris announced Friday that Trump is scheduled to attend an Aug. 31 luncheon in Charlotte. The invitation lists donation levels from $1,000 to $25,000 per person. Money also will go to state and national Republican committees.

Budd is a first-term congressman representing the 13th District covering parts of Greensboro and points west to Iredell County. He’s facing Democrat Kathy Manning in November.

Harris upset Rep. Robert Pittenger in the May GOP primary for the 9th District, spanning parts of Charlotte, east along the South Carolina border and toward Fort Bragg. Dan McCready is Harris‘ Democratic opponent.

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