RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Real estate developer Mark Meadows has been elected to the U.S. House, turning another North Carolina congressional district over to Republicans.

The 53-year-old Republican won the open 11th Congressional District seat over 42-year-old Democrat Hayden Rogers.

With a third of the precincts reporting unofficial returns, Meadows had 56 percent of the vote.

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 the district to bring in more likely GOP voters.

Meadows promises to work for a repeal of health care legislation championed by President Barack Obama. He also promises to protect Medicaid and Social Security.

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