Ross to face Villaverde for Wake County’s congressional seat in NC. Here are results.

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U.S. Rep. Deborah Ross, the Democratic incumbent in North Carolina’s second congressional district, will face Christine Villaverde in November’s general election.

Ross ran unopposed in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. She has represented North Carolina District 2 since 2021 after court-mandated redistricting removed many Republican voters.

But Republican nominee Villaverde hopes to swing the district red after beating out Mahesh (Max) Ganorkar and Adina Safta.

According to unofficial results, Villaverde captured 55% of the vote, cruising to victory with 10,000 more votes than her closest opponent.

Ganorkar won 26% of the vote, while Safta came in last with 19%.

Villaverde, the only NC 2 candidate who responded to a News & Observer questionnaire, listed immigration, crime and safety and debt and spending as her top three issues. There was no topic in which she disagreed with the Republican Party’s agenda, Villaverde said.

The former emergency manager and police officer advocates for “states’ rights.” The COVID-19 response and abortion laws should “be solved at the state level,” she said.

Ganorkar, who immigrated to the United States from India, identified his main goal as building “the bridge for the naturalized citizens to help them cross over from the Democrat plantation to America the beautiful,” according to his campaign website.

“RINOs and Democrats are using immigrants to poison America with socialism,” he says. “I am the antidote.”

Deborah Ross speaks outside the North Carolina Democratic Party headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.
Deborah Ross speaks outside the North Carolina Democratic Party headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

Safta ran on a similar platform. The Romanian-born Republican moved to New York when she was 10. Having grown up in a Communist country, the “freedom, liberty and the American dream,” appealed to her, she says on her campaign website.

“We are at a pivotal moment in our country and it is more critical now than ever that all patriots get involved in this upcoming election,” she said.

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