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Establishment GOP candidates hold sway in Congressional races

Posted May 6, 2014

Congresswoman Renee Ellmers

— The race to the right failed to ignite voters' enthusiasm Tuesday, as "establishment" candidates captured the Republican nominations in most North Carolina congressional districts.

Congresswoman Renee Ellmers beat back a challenge from radio talk show host Frank Roche, who said she was too liberal on issues such as immigration reform, in the 2nd District, while former state Sen. David Rouzer won for a second time in the 7th District.

"With tonight's election behind us, we turn to the November election and these simple truths: We cannot afford to send another Obama liberal to Congress to vote with (House Minority Leader) Nancy Pelosi and support (President) Barack Obama's agenda, and we must make sure that Kay Hagan does not return to the U.S. Senate," Ellmers said in a statement. "I hope we can unite as a party and move forward to November with our focus on retaining our conservative majority in the House and reclaiming a conservative majority in the Senate. We cannot stop Obama without it."

With 71 percent of precincts reporting, she had a 59-41 percent lead over Roche, according to unofficial results.

Ellmers' opponent in November is unclear. Former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco and pop singer Clay Aiken were running neck and neck in the Democratic primary. Both were right around the 40 percent mark needed to win outright and avoid a July runoff.

The 2nd District runs from southern Wake County to Fayetteville and loops north through Moore and Chatham counties into Alamance County.

Rouzer, who lost a tight race in 2012 to Democratic Congressman Mike McIntyre, hopes to finally capture the seat now that McIntyre is retiring. He had to beat back New Hanover County Commissioner Woody White, who dueled Rouzer in television ads as to who was more conservative. White painted Rouzer as a former lobbyist who wouldn't stand up to Obama, while the U.S. Chamber of Commerce came in late in the race with an ad that equated White with former U.S. Sen. John Edwards because both are plaintiff attorneys.

With 56 percent of precincts reporting, Rouzer led White by 58 percent to 36 percent, according to unofficial results. Candidate Chris Andrade trailed with 6 percent.

The 7th District runs from Johnston County southeast to the coast.

Rouzer will face another New Hanover County commissioner in November. In the relatively low-key Democratic primary, Commissioner Jonathan Barfield defeated Princeton Commissioner Walter Martin 56-44 percent, with 56 percent of precincts reporting, according to unofficial results.

In the 6th Congressional District, which stretches from the Triad to the northern fringes of Durham and Orange counties, Republican Phil Berger Jr., the son of the state Senate leader, was leading a nine-person field but appeared to be headed for a runoff. Rev. Mark Walker of Greensboro was in second place in the race, trailing Berger by a 37-25 percent margin with 43 percent of precincts reporting.

Berger would need to win 40 percent of the vote to win the primary outright and avoid a runoff.

Laura Fjeld, general counsel for the University of North Carolina system, was ahead of Bruce Davis 55-45 percent for the Democratic nomination in the 6th District, according to unofficial results.

Congressman G.K. Butterfield easily won the Democratic nomination in the 1st Congressional District, which stretches from Durham to northeast North Carolina, but the GOP primary was too close to call.

In the 13th Congressional District, which includes much of Wake County, Democrat Brenda Cleary, a registered nurse, won a three-person primary and will face Republican Congressman George Holding in November.

Congressman Walter Jones appears to have beat back a challenge from Taylor Griffin, who had the backing of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, in the 3rd Congressional District in eastern North Carolina.

Incumbent Republicans Virginia Foxx, Robert Pittenger and Patrick McHenry also won Tuesday, while state Rep. Alma Adams appeared to capture the Democratic nomination for the 12th Congressional District seat vacated by Mel Watt.

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  • notexactly May 8, 2014

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    What evidence do you want? The dem lies or the hate mongering ?

  • notexactly May 8, 2014

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    And what would you call any dem in office then? The ACA is a lie and failure. It needs some serious tweeking. The reps do have a plan, but why send it through now when dirty harry wont even vote on it. It would be a waste of time, Like you said why do it. If you like the ACA fine, but it is not good for the majority of the people in this country. I have a company policy and already, my rates have gone up, my deductible has doubled, and now I am getting notices that my prescriptions are no longer being covered. The reason!!!! Obamacare!! My HR department clearly states that these things are being done to offset the costs due to obamacare. Period. So you guys can spin, lie, cheat and cry all you want. The proof is out and you cant hide it with lies anymore. Just remember if you like the aca fine, but don't think it is good for most cause it is not.

  • notexactly May 8, 2014

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    Your the only evidence I need at the name calling. You do it on a daily basis. That's fine, but don't label me a bigot cause I don't agree with you ilk of left leaning ways. I don't hate anyone. Well I do kinda. I hate liars and since the ones in control of Washington are the biggest ones right now, I am not to fond of them. I am also not so fond of the people still insisting that Obama and his ilk didn't lie and wont admit it. I call both sides out. I have seen very few libs that do that. You being one of them as well as many others on here.

    Your welcome as well.

  • Teresa Engel May 8, 2014
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    The government shutdown is not all I've got. It was simply the latest. How about swearing that she isn't a part of the establishment. But the first thing she did when she went to Washington, was attend a big ticket "fundraiser" and schmooze with lobbyists the night before she was sworn in to Congress. Then, she helped waste untold amounts of money in 50-plus (and counting) futile votes to defund the ACA. She is nothing more than a mouthpiece. Her latest campaign commercial touts how she wants to repeal "and replace" the ACA. That is straight from the Republican party hacks, in response to the question, "So, you want to repeal the ACA, but what will you pass in its place?" The answer is "Nothing". they have NO intention of replacement. She and Tillis are the epitome of carpetbaggers.

  • Atheistinafoxhole May 8, 2014

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    Here, allow me to help you. "Atheistinafoxhole" is an allusion to the old adage, "there are no atheists in a foxhole" - so, by definition, it indicates that I am a skeptic. It does not have anything to do with religion.

    You're welcome.

  • Atheistinafoxhole May 8, 2014

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    Got some evidence? Or just more rhetoric?

  • Atheistinafoxhole May 8, 2014

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    So, no evidence? As I thought.

  • notexactly May 8, 2014

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    Agreed. But you have to remember who you are dealing with. A lib is in their make believe world and only sees that side. Its their way or no way. pretty much the Obama mentality. I wonder does atheist hate god or just us for believing in god????

  • notexactly May 8, 2014

    go gop go!! Time to clean up the dem mess. It will take some time.

  • notexactly May 8, 2014

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    I haven't either! But I have seen many, many hate baiter signs at dem rallies. Plenty of signs calling the people who don't believe in what they do all kinds of names. Bigots, racists, etc.........

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