Meadows, McHenry win U.S. House races - FOX Carolina 21

Meadows, McHenry win U.S. House races

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RALEIGH, NC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

Two Republicans won their respective U.S. House seats representing western North Carolina on Tuesday, as the majority of precincts are reporting.

U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry won a fifth term in North Carolina's 10th Congressional District, which was redrawn to include more Democrats.

McHenry won 56.5 percent of votes with 86 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, beating Democratic North Carolina House member Patsy Keever. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 2004.

Real estate developer Mark Meadows was elected for the first time, winning the 11th Congressional District seat over Democrat Hayden Rogers.

Rogers served as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler,who decided not to run for a fifth term after Republican lawmakers redrew thedistrict to bring in more likely GOP voters.

Meadow had won 57.5 percent of votes with 74 percent of precincts reporting.

The 10th District stretches from Hickory and Gastonia west along the counties that border South Carolina to Polk County before extending into Asheville. The Republican-led state legislature added Asheville to McHenry's district to move likely Republican voters to other districts.

The 11th District includes Yancey, McDowell, Rutherford, Polk, Henderson, Buncombe, Madison, Haywood, Jackson, Transylvania, Swain, Macon, Clay, Graham and Cherokee counties.

Results are unofficial until they are certified by the respective election commission.

Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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