Politics & Government

U.S. House 9: Robert Pittenger turns back tea party

U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger essentially won a second term Tuesday, easily beating Mike Steinberg in the 9th District Republican primary and heading to November with no Democratic opponent.

With most votes counted, Pittenger was taking 67.60 percent of the vote to Steinberg’s 32.40 percent.

“I’m grateful for the confidence that people had,” Pittenger said Tuesday. “I’ve sought to serve the entire district no matter what party affiliation they had. I think that my belief and convictions in smaller government are consistent with the values of my constituents.”

Pittenger, 65, is a Charlotte real estate investor who won the seat in 2012, beating 11 GOP opponents and a Democrat in the fall. This is the first time no Democrat has run in the district, which includes parts of Mecklenburg, Iredell and Union counties.

Steinberg sought to make the primary a referendum on Pittenger, and when Pittenger was one of 87 Republicans voting to end the government shutdown, despite continued funding for the Affordable Care Act.

Pittenger called it “senseless shutdown.”