Let’s Take A Look At The Race For NC’s 13th District

Let’s Take A Look At The Race For NC’s 13th District

Well, we made it everybody.

It’s been fun virtually taking this tour of the 13 races for North Carolina’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives with all of you. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have while learning a few things along the way.

So, without further ado … 

The race for NC’s 13th District features incumbent Ted Budd, a two-term Republican, and challenger Scott Huffman, a Democrat making his second run at Congress. Huffman ran in 2018 to represent the 8th District, but he didn’t make it past that year’s primary election.

NC’s 13th District covers a rural area near the Piedmont Triad. It starts at the border between Rowan and Iredell counties, wraps around the southern and eastern side of Guilford County, and makes its way to Person County.

This is the final story in North Carolina News Daily’s district-by-district breakdown of Congressional candidates. To look at the previous 12 installments, head over to any of these links: 1st District, 2nd District, 3rd District, 4th District, 5th District, 6th District, 7th District, 8th District, 9th District, 10th District, 11th District and 12th District.

And now, the candidates for NC’s 13th District …   

Incumbent: Ted Budd (R)

Image courtesy of Ted Budd

Years in Congress: 3

Committees: Committee on Financial Services

Background: Budd never held political office before 2016. Despite that, he emerged from a field of 17 Republicans to advance to the general election. He easily defeated Democrat candidate Kathy Manning in 2016.

Budd and his family live on a farm in Davie County, according to his official U.S. House website. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State and an MBA from Wake Forest.

The Congressman owns an indoor shooting range and gun shop just outside of Winston-Salem.

Platform: Budd is a touch further right than a majority of his fellow Republicans in the U.S. House, according to GovTrack’s ideology-leadership scale. That doesn’t mean much because the site puts him further right than Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who is one of President Donald Trump’s most-ardent supporters.

Budd has voted in line with Trump’s policy views 92.6% of the time. He’s voted against Trump just three times since January 2019.  

Among the goals stated on Budd’s campaign website are protecting Americans’ freedoms and pushing for fiscal responsibility from the federal government. He also is pro-Second Amendment.

Challenger: Scott Huffman (D)

Image courtesy of Scott Huffman

Background: According to his campaign website, Huffman is a Navy veteran, owns a small business and served on the board for the Democrats in Mecklenburg County.

Huffman is a native of Rowan County and lives in Cabarrus County, which is in the 8th District. The United States’ Constitution requires members of Congress to live in the state they represent, but members of the House are not required to live in the district they represent. 

Platform: Huffman supports many of the popular policies suggested by Democrat candidates. We’re gonna look at two though: reforming gun legislation and marijuana.

Huffman wants to enact H.R.8. The bill calls for licensed gun dealers or manufacturers to perform background checks on person-to-person handgun sales. The bill passed the House in February 2019.

He also advocates for the legalization of marijuana, and he calls the War on Drugs “a war against communities of color.” He says on his website the tax revenue from marijuana sales could be reinvested in communities.

So, what happens now?

Budd likely wins a third term in Congress. The University of Virginia’s Center for Politics gives the district a safe-Republican, and the Cook Political Report gives it a solid Republican rating.

If things hold the way ratings services used by BallotPedia expect, North Carolinians will send eight Republicans and five Democrats to the U.S. House.

However, a pair of races could flip that. Polls shown Thursday afternoon on FiveThirtyEight show Democrat candidates Pat Timmons-Goodson and Moe Davis leading in the 8th and 11th districts, respectively. 

Of course, voters need to remember two things about political polls: they reflect the opinion only at the moment the sample was taken, and they include some degree of uncertainty.Do you like this story and other stories like it? Be sure to check out North Carolina News Daily’s Law section for more comprehensive coverage of statewide politics.