From the Smoky Mountain News, Waynesville:
Written by Cory Vaillancourt
Last fall, few people expected to be devoting so much time, energy and money to two Primary Election races in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District.
But then on Dec. 19 popular four-term Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, stunned much of the country by announcing he wouldn’t seek re-election just hours after an impassioned defense of President Donald Trump on the House floor during Trump’s impeachment proceedings.
Meadows’ announcement set off a scramble for Republican and Democratic candidates, who were given next to no time to contemplate running and filing for the seat thought to be safely in Meadows’ control despite a gerrymandering ruling that halved GOP advantage in the district.
Democrats select a newcomer
The five-way Democratic primary featured two familiar faces — Phillip Price, and Steve Woodsmall, both of whom ran in 2018. Price took that nomination but lost to Meadows by 20 points.
Price and Woodsmall were joined by Mills River native Michael O’Shea and Asheville resident Moe Davis.
Davis, a retired Air Force colonel, held a commanding lead over all of the other candidates when early voting results were released, and never really looked back.