Nov. 1st, 2018 – North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District seat has been occupied by Republicans since the 1960s. This year, Democrats are hoping a so-called “blue wave” – aided by a redrawn district map – will push the seat into their ranks in the U.S. House.

Republican Congressman Robert Pittenger won the seat in 2012, when the district was more centered in the Charlotte area. But in a court-ordered redraw, state legislative Republicans pushed the district toward the east, stretching it along the state’s southeastern border from Charlotte to parts of Fayetteville, picking up more rural areas along the way.