RALEIGH – The last day of filing continues to see late entries with former NCGOP vice chair Michelle Nix joining the effort to unseat eight-term Democratic incumbent G.K. Butterfield in North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. Nix announced the news of her candidacy on Facebook Friday.
Nix, who formerly ran in the Third District special election to fill the vacancy left by the late Congressman Walter Jones, joins Sandy Smith in the Republican primary to challenge the long embedded Democrat facing a new landscape.
As Nix mentions, the seat has been held by Democrats for eons. (Of note, the 1st District was also used to be represented by a Jones, Walter Jones Sr., a Democrat.) If somehow one of these Republican women are able to dislodge the Democrats from their perch in this district after so long, it’d be an unexpected boon for Republicans facing a net loss in North Carolina’s congressional delegation.