Super PAC buoys rookie GOP candidate in congressional race

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A gun store owner who’s never run for office has a good chance at becoming North Carolina’s newest congressman after winning a crowded primary in a topsy-turvy election season.

The improbable political ascent of Republican Ted Budd is owed in large part to spending by the conservative Club for Growth super PAC. His Democratic opponent, meanwhile, says voters should be suspicious of a half-million dollars in outside support that helped Budd win the Republican nomination.

Budd rose to the top in a 17-way race in the Republican primary for the 13th District, defeating several state legislators in the field.

He said in an interview that he decided to run in the conservative district after observing that many voters prize broader experience than simply time spent as a politician.

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