Rep. Robert Pittenger has won re-election to the U.S House of Representatives District 9 seat that now includes Robeson County.
Pittenger, a Republican, defeated Democratic challenger Christian Cano statewide, with 58.25 percent of votes cast. In Robeson County, however, Cano, a Charlotte businessman, defeated Pittenger by a slight margin of about 3 percent. One Robeson County precinct — in Lumber Bridge — even produced a tie in the race.
Robeson County had been part of the 8th District, represented by Richard Hudson, but was placed in the 9th when a court ordered that the state’s congressional districts be redrawn because two were found to be illegally gerrymandered. The new 9th District includes Union, Anson, Richmond, Scotland, Robeson, and parts of Bladen, Cumberland and Mecklenburg counties.
Pittenger previously served three terms in the state Senate and has represented the 9th District since 2013. He serves on the House Financial Services Committee and on subcommittees for the Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, of which he is vice chairman; Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit; and Monetary Policy and Trade. He chairs the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare.
During the June primary, Pittenger’s opponent Mark Harris won the majority of the votes in Robeson County, with Pittenger winning 23 percent. Statewide, Pittenger held a small lead over Harris, with a .5 percent vote margin triggering a recount that remained in Pittenger’s favor. Cano was unopposed in the primary.
All results are unofficial until canvassed.