Local Politics

Ellmers ready to take office in N.C. Second District

Posted November 13, 2010

— In a speech in Durham Saturday, Congressional candidate Renee Ellmers said she is ready to take office.

Ellmers, a Republican, leads incumbent Democrat Bob Etheridge by about 1,400 votes in the race for North Carolina’s Second Congressional District.

Etheridge has called for a recount in his bid to keep the seat, but Ellmers said she wants to get to work.

"I'm going forward as if we're not in this recount situation, because I have so much to learn,” Ellmers said Saturday.

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Beginning Monday, she’ll be in Washington, D.C., attending orientation for new members of Congress and assembling a staff. Meanwhile, in North Carolina, her lawyers will monitor the recount.

According to the State Board of Elections, Ellmers received 93,893 votes in the Second District race to Etheridge's 92,404. The 1,489-vote gap is within the 1 percent threshold outlined under state law for Etheridge to seek a recount.

"As more votes were counted over the last week, it became increasingly clear that this race is too close to call and a recount is warranted,” Etheridge said in a statement Friday.

Ellmers is confident that her lead is insurmountable.

The State Board of Elections has until Nov. 23 to announce certified, final results.


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  • We Care Nov 16, 2010

    Heaven help us all - a career nurse goes to Washington to represent us! Not much of a mandate - less than one percent. But if she has the votes, she has the votes. I wonder if Renee knows who Andrew Breitbart is?!

  • Karmageddon Nov 15, 2010

    A year from now I hope to meet Bob Etheridge on the street so I can ask him, "Who are you?"

  • billdalrymple Nov 15, 2010

    So, Etheridge is spending time with his family and just can't find the wherewithal to comment. Well, I expect that he will have a lot more time in the future for family gatherings. Go Renee!