Ellmers, Aiken agree to 2nd District debate

Posted September 23, 2014

Democratic challenger Clay Aiken and Republican 2nd District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers

— Republican 2nd District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers and her Democratic challenger, pop singer Clay Aiken, have agreed to debate next month.

The North Carolina Bankers Association, in partnership with WRAL parent Capitol Broadcasting Co., will host the Oct. 6 debate at the association's Management Team Conference in Pinehurst.

WRAL News anchor David Crabtree will moderate the one-hour debate, which will be taped in front of delegates attending the conference.

WRAL will air the debate on television and online at 7 p.m. Oct. 6. The debate will also air on WRAZ Fox 50 at 11 p.m. Oct. 6, and it will be available for on-demand viewing on WRAL.com through Election Day.

"We believe this highly anticipated, first televised debate between these two candidates will have much of our state watching very closely," Bankers Association President and Chief Executive Thad Woodard said in a statement.

Ellmers is seeking her third term representing the 2nd District, which stretches from Cumberland County to Randolph County and includes part of the Triangle. Aiken, who gained fame on "American Idol," defeated former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco in the May primary for the Democratic nomination.


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  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Sep 25, 2014

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    Math is hard. Just have Tillis mansplain the math too you or maybe take Ellmers' advice and bring it down to a woman’s level.

  • mediawatcher Sep 25, 2014

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    Ok, let's repeat the facts for those who are not following along, Crisco's death was irrelevant to the election. Aiken had already won the majority of the votes. Crisco could have called for a run off but had already informed his staff he planned to concede. Then he died. If he had lived, the facts would still be the same.

  • KnowsItAll Sep 24, 2014

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    "I wouldn't exactly call it "defeated" so much as Aiken's opponent Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco died."

    Well, um..er...except...that...Aiken did win.

    Aiken: 11,634 votes (40.83%)
    Crisco: 11,265 votes (39.54%)

    11,634 is greater than 11,265, so...um...mathematically speaking...Aiken won.

    Maybe some folks should spend less time commenting on news stories, and more on mastering basic math skills?

  • shallottemustang Sep 24, 2014

    I wouldn't exactly call it "defeated" so much as Aiken's opponent Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco died.

    Regardless, let's hope this time around people vote with their ballots and their brains and not their phones.

  • Doug Pawlak Sep 24, 2014
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    Classic comments.

  • Atheistinafoxhole Sep 24, 2014

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    "But this America, and we all have our thoughts and opinions, even if you are clueless...."

    A near perfect segue to this:

    "ELLMERS: Men do tend to talk about things on a much higher level… Many of my male colleagues, when they go to the House floor, you know, they’ve got some pie chart or graph behind them and they’re talking about trillions of dollars and how, you know, the debt is awful and, you know, we all agree with that. …
    We need our male colleagues to understand that if you can bring it down to a woman’s level and what everything that she is balancing in her life — that’s the way to go."


  • patracles221 Sep 24, 2014

    I can't wait to hear elmer's explanation of how we need to dumb stuff down so women can understand it comment. let's see if she can stuff her foot deeper into her mouth.

  • Atheistinafoxhole Sep 24, 2014

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    "so he's a rich Hollywood elitist who wants to go to Washington to force the middle class to pay more taxes to give free stuff to special ed people....great. Oh, and he was poor as a child."

    Ha! It's hilariously hypocritical that so-called "conservatives" hold up this kind of example as a "self made American dream" story when it's someone they like (even if they are carpetbaggers), but spew vitriol and hate when it's someone with whom they disagree (even if they are multigenerational natives).

    Thank you for showing us who you REALLY are - again.

  • Brenda Lawrence Sep 24, 2014
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    Clay is very knowledgeable and articulate...I believe he would make a fine politician.

  • qtkathy9 Sep 23, 2014

    It will be very interesting to read the comments after the debate. I think Clay will surprise many of the doubters and haters out there. I am looking forward to watching this one!
    Clay is very smart, educated and has been out in the district non stop since he announced he was running. He has been shaking hands, meeting folks, listening to their stories, struggles and issues. He has visited local businesses and talked with them about their troubles. His brother is a veteran and he knows first hand what our veterans are struggling with.
    Never mind that he was on Idol, Broadway, Celebrity Apprentice etc.... yes, it speaks to his fame and experiences but what really counts is what he is going to do for NC D-2.
    Ask yourselves this- WHAT HAS RENEE DONE?? Not many things that were beneficial for the individuals of D-2 as far as I can see. She has been selfish during the Government shut down, has voted with her party the majority of the time and hasn't spent much time in the district with