Ellmers holds off Aiken in 2nd District

Posted November 4, 2014

— Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers beat back a spirited challenge from pop singer Clay Aiken on Tuesday to retain her seat in the 2nd Congressional District.

Ellmers had 59 percent of the vote to Aiken's 41 percent, according to unofficial results.

"It's time to put all of (the politics) aside. It's time to look to the future of this country," she told her supporters in Dunn late Tuesday. "Our best days are ahead of us."

Aiken rose to fame on "American Idol" and later appeared on Broadway and reality television programs. He campaigned on a "throw-the-bums-out" style platform, saying he was tired of the partisan politics and gridlock in Washington, D.C., and promising to work toward bipartisan solutions to issues such as the federal budget and immigration.

Ellmers, who was first elected in 2010, said she would continue to fight to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut government spending.

"We're not going to give up on Obamacare," she said, using the common moniker for President Barack Obama's signature health care law. "It's becoming more devastating for every family in this country. There's a better way to do it; there are alternatives."

She was anticipating a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate and said she was eager to "make progress happen" on a GOP legislative agenda.

"We're going to have a team that we can work with and get much of the legislation that we've already passed (in the House) through (the Senate) and then pass it on to the president," she said. "The people need to know where he stands on all of these issues."

Aiken compared his loss to finishing second on "American Idol," telling supporters in Sanford that he "found an opportunity for a win" in that and found several wins from his campaign.

"We energized voters across North Carolina," he said, "to pay attention to a process that too many people have forgotten about, that too many people have become disenfranchised from, that too many people have become upset about. We got people to listen to the voices of folks whose voices were not being heard."

GOP grabs two open seats

The 6th Congressional District took a sharp right turn Tuesday night, as conservative Republican Mark Walker won the election to succeed longtime Congressman Howard Coble.

Walker, a former minister, had 59 percent of the vote, outdistancing Democrat Laura Fjeld, a former general counsel for the University of North Carolina system, according to unofficial results.

Although Coble is also a Republican, Walker has been endorsed by tea party groups and has made brash comments such as supporting a war with Mexico to halt illegal immigration.

In the 7th Congressional District, Republican former state Sen. David Rouzer grabbed the seat held for years by Democrat Mike McIntyre. Rouzer narrowly lost to McIntyre two years ago in a district that has been redrawn to favor the GOP.

"The challenges we face in this country are significant, and there is only one clear path forward to restore America to greatness," Rouzer said in a statement. "My pledge to the fine citizens of this district, this state, and this country is to always do what is right and what is good for the country."

He defeated Democratic New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield and Libertarian candidate Wesley Casteen, a Wilmington lawyer.

Incumbents win easily

Democrats G.K. Butterfield and David Price and Republicans Walter Jones, Virginia Foxx, Richard Hudson, Robert Pittenger, Patrick McHenry, Mark Meadows and George Holding easily won re-election to their U.S. House seats.

Meanwhile, state Rep. Alma Adams won the election to succeed former 12th District Congressman Mel Watt, who became director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency earlier this year. Adams will become the 100th female member of the U.S. House in January.


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  • theliberadicator Nov 5, 2014

    Best and most predicted news of the entire election.

    Aiken a runner up. Who would've guessed it.

    As it should be.

  • Barely Nov 5, 2014

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    That isn't going back. That is present day.

  • unblankenbelievable Nov 5, 2014

    What a great day in America for the GOP!

  • Jim Dunn Nov 5, 2014
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    You're right. She isn't a millionaire career politician and depends on a pay check. Thanks for pointing that out.

  • Rod Runner Nov 5, 2014
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    If only you had seen him on campaign stops. He went door to door in little towns that would never vote for him. Volunteering at things that helped people who would never vote for him. He visited a church on a Sunday where a "preacher" from another church tore into him about gays and Clay Aiken didn't say a word to him or say a word in the church about it.

    He knew these people wouldn't vote for him, but he actually cared enough to get out there and see them face to face. Even people in his own family living in the area were not going to vote for him because they are Republicans and always vote Republican.

    Can someone inform me of Renee Ellmers getting out there and talking to the people she knew wouldn't vote for her and hearing what they have to say and helping them out on campaign stops? I'd like to know so that my thoughts are fair.

  • soldboymil41 Nov 5, 2014

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    You are right we are taking this country back. Back to Iraq, back to no women rights, back to working for little money or better yet not working at all. Back to No healthcare, Back to banks taking advantage of you. Hurray for going back.

  • Rod Runner Nov 5, 2014
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    You must have forgotten that the government does create some jobs, and one of those jobs is Renee Ellmer's job. And you must have forgotten how during the government shutdown that she wasn't going to defer her paycheck because she needed it. Unlike the other people she was voting to furlough or lay off.

    She did back track and not take a paycheck during that time, but only because she was criticized for it.

    I bet you didn't think of that at all when you voted for her. You just knew she was Republican and that's really all that mattered. You had no care that someone else should have been run in a primary against her earlier this year and just accepted that the NC GOP put their support behind her because she was an incumbent, not because she had done a good job, or any job at all.

  • Gene Stoeckley Nov 5, 2014
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    I live in said district and resent the fact you consider the residents backwoods. Stereotyping, labeling and intolerance appear to be sure signs of liberalism.

  • Rod Runner Nov 5, 2014
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    Then it's interesting that he won in the Fort Bragg precinct, considering that we are always told that military and military families vote for Republicans.

  • Rod Runner Nov 5, 2014
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    It's interesting if you look at the 2nd District precinct by precinct results. Clay Aiken actually won in the Fort Bragg precinct.