RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Republican congressional hopefuls Mark Meadows and Vance Patterson are spreading dueling fiscal gospels in North Carolina's sprawling 11th congressional district.
Early voting is under way for 15 statewide, congressional and legislative seats and ends Saturday. Republicans are particularly excited about the chance of taking over a seat held by a Democrat. The district has been redrawn to be more GOP-friendly. The runoff election is Tuesday.
Incumbent Heath Shuler is not seeking re-election. Shuler's former chief of staff Hayden Rogers convincingly won the Democratic primary in May while Meadows and Patterson survived an eight-person contest on the Republican side.
Both of the GOP challengers own businesses and have fundamentally opposite plans for creating jobs. Patterson has a self-proclaimed "micro" view while Meadows says his approach is "macro."