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State reaffirms Sampson votes in Etheridge-Ellmers race

Posted November 4, 2010

— Inspectors with the State Board of Elections on Thursday affirmed Sampson County vote totals there in the tight race for North Carolina's Second Congressional District.

Gary Bartlett, executive director of the elections board, said officials wanted to audit the vote totals in Sampson County to discover if there were any errors and how an error might have occurred.

Congressman Bob Etheridge said Wednesday that his campaign had heard about "voting irregularities" in some counties, but he didn't elaborate.

According to unofficial totals, Republican Renee Ellmers leads Etheridge by 1,646 votes in the election. Her lead was cut by about 450 votes between late Tuesday and Wednesday.

Bartlett said the difference resulted from the addition of results from three early voting sites that weren't included in the Tuesday totals.

Etheridge got about 60 percent of the votes in Sampson County, according to figures from the State Board of Elections.

Vote totals show that Ellmers won the two candidates' home turf in Harnett County, and she also carried Johnston County by a 2-1 margin.

Although Ellmers claimed victory in the race late Tuesday, Etheridge said it's premature to say the race is over. He expressed confidence that he would be re-elected to an eighth term in Congress once all provisional and absentee ballots are counted.

If he still trails Ellmers by a narrow margin after those votes are certified, he said he plans to seek a recount.

State law allows for recounts when the difference between the candidates is less than 1 percent of the total votes cast. With more than 188,000 votes cast in the Second District, any difference of less than 1,880 votes would be eligible for a recount.


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  • EvilSithLord Nov 5, 2010

    All I have to say: Bob Etheridge, what a first class act. I am pretty sure you can read some sarcasm between the lines.

  • 6079 SMITH W Nov 5, 2010

    Two PM, and still not a peep about the set-up by "Bright Bart" and his scurrilous little weasel helpers. Yeah, maybe you should wait until after eight this evening. They will claim "ITS A LIE" anyway....such good sheep, bought and sold. ;)

  • I Change This Name Daily Nov 5, 2010

    if it helps any i'll go vote again

  • petarp2 Nov 5, 2010

    I am from Sampson County & I voted early at Newton Grove. I do not even remember Bob Etheridge & Renee Elmers on my ballot & I specifically looked for them. I am a registered Democrat, my husband is a registered Republican & my daughter is a registers Independent & they don't remember them on their ballot either. "Something is rotten in Sampson County." I think all of the ballots need to be rechecked to see if they were even printed right.

  • melanie3 Nov 5, 2010

    yeah.. let's not count votes.. heck.. we only want to count votes if it helps GOP, nobody else. Afterall.. it's their country, we have to listen to their voice. We who voted otherwise this year and in 2008 don't count. We're stateless go ahead and disenfranchise us, helps with the narrative of how it doesn't matter if you vote.

  • etshoney Nov 5, 2010

    I'm sure Ole Bob will "FIND" those votes somewhere! What else is new? Everyone should watch the circus and send her money to help her get some representation in this recount. She isn't getting any help from GOP congressional committee. Send $$$$$$

  • tommys5 Nov 5, 2010

    At one time being a Congressman(congresswoman) was considered public service . Farmers,lawyers,doctors etc. went to Washington for a few years then came back to continue their profession. Now it is considered career public assistance.

  • churchgirl2 Nov 5, 2010

    Channel 5 I am very disappointed in your reporting of this story. Your report has a left a lot out. I watch your news cast. You said nothing about the fact that Etheridge was set up on that video. And it just happen to come out after the election who set him up. Channel 11 told the whole story. Please report the truth and let the people decide. The attitude is oh well. The group's attitude is it's okay to be dishonet and it's too late to do anything about anyway. is this what we are reduce to.

  • The Fox Nov 5, 2010

    [She is a nutjob who is clueless. - ncmedic201]I'm for any clueless nutjob that can lower taxes & get out of the way of job creation.

  • EvilSithLord Nov 5, 2010

    13 years in the House and this is the best Bob Etheridge can do? Democrats are like hobbits, the never cease to amaze me.