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The day after Meadows’ runoff win, the National Republican Congressional Committee announced that he’d achieved "Young Gun" status, the organization's top-tier designation. "Mark Meadows [is] leading the pack as Republicans continue to send a loud and clear message that we will hold Democrats accountable for their unpopular partisan agenda,” committee Chair Pete Sessions asserted in a statement. The previous week, Meadows had gained the support of two powerful national conservative groups: FreedomWorks (whose board is chaired by former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey) and Patriot Voices (chaired by former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum). "Whether it's his commitment to fighting for the unborn, improving education by returning decision-making to the local level, standing up for religious freedom, repealing Obamacare or shrinking the size of government, Mark Meadows has demonstrated that he is the right candidate at the right time," Santorum declared in a recent statement. The national House Conservatives Fund, led by Rep. McHenry, is a top Meadows donor and has indicated it plans further support. Meanwhile, Rogers has already been broadcasting his own national support, setting the stage for what looks to be a bare-knuckle power struggle. On July 9, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced that Rogers had gained a spot in its competitive Red to Blue program, reserved for the highest-priority Democratic races nationwide. “As a small-business owner, Hayden Rogers is a proven problem-solver who knows how to balance a budget, meet payroll and create jobs,” Rep. Steve Israel of New York, the committee chair, maintained in a statement. “Hayden will build on the successful track record of Rep. Heath Shuler by putting partisanship aside to rebuild our economy. With his strong commitment to the

The TurnouT ThaT wasn’T Number of registered voters in North Carolina: 6,158,561 Number of them who voted in the July 17 runoff: 220,761 (3.58 percent) Number of registered voters in the 11th Congressional District: 389,834 Number of them who voted July 17: 22,871 (5.8 percent) Number of registered voters in Buncombe County: 173,680 Number of them who voted July 17: 4,979 (2.87 percent) Number of votes for 11th District GOP candidate Mark Meadows: 17,442 Number of votes for his opponent, Vance Patterson: 5,429 Data provided by the North Carolina State Board of Elections

mountain values of family, faith, hard work and independence, Hayden will fight tirelessly for Western North Carolina families and seniors.” The day after Meadows' win, the committee again went on the attack, slamming him as a Florida native and right-wing extremist who "supports dangerous policies that cost seniors and hard-working families while giving tax breaks to millionaires and companies shipping American jobs overseas." X Jake Frankel can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 115, or jfrankel@mountainx.com.

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