Voters cast ballots at a precinct in Weaverville on Election Day. Colby Rabon / Carolina Public Press

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Congressional District 2 incumbent Republican George Holding voted against the articles of impeachment against Trump, saying the months of investigation “failed to produce any clear, compelling and unambiguous evidence of impeachable high crimes or misdemeanors.”

Holding has declined to defend his seat in the upcoming election. Six people are running for the seat.

Monika Johnson Hostler, like many Democrats, said she favored impeachment for Trump.

“If I were in the House when the articles of impeachment were introduced, I would have undoubtedly voted for both articles. We cannot let the leader of our nation coerce a foreign country into compromising the integrity of our elections,” she wrote to Carolina Public Press.

While Democrat Deborah Ross did not initially share an opinion on whether she would have voted for or against impeachment had she been in the position, she said Trump violated his oath as the country’s president, and the U.S. House of Representatives is holding him accountable for his actions.

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After this article initially appeared, Ross’ campaign contacted CPP to clarify that she supports Trump’s impeachment.

Democrat Andrew “Andy” Terrell said based on the evidence he has seen, he would have voted in favor of the articles of impeachment.

“What makes America great is our shared belief that everyone, no matter their position or station in life, we all follow the laws of our land,” Terrell wrote to CPP.

Other candidates in the race either did not respond or did not have contact information available.

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Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include clarifying information from the campaign of Deborah Ross.


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