WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In two weeks, Will Breazeale, Ilario Pantano and Randy Crow will face off in the Republican primary for the North Carolina 7th District seat in Congress. Whoever wins the primary will face incumbent Democrat Mike McIntyre in November.
Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory spent the weekend on the campaign trail in Wilmington. The 2008 Republican nominee for governor endorsed Breazeale back in January, but he’s also endorsing Pantano. How can that be? McCrory says he likes both of them.
“I’m supporting both Mr. Pantano and Mr. Breazeale, because I want the strongest Republican candidate to win, and then hopefully displace the current Congressional Democrat, so we’ll have Nancy Pelosi out of Washington and not leading this country into financial ruin.”
Pantano says Republicans need to rally behind whichever candidate wins the nomination.
McCrory says when he endorse Breazeale in January there were no other candidates running. When we reached Breazeale by phone this weekend, he was shocked to learn of the dual endorsements. He said he’s puzzled and thought McCrory was attending Pantano’s events Saturday just as a guess.