Donald Trump endorses Renee Ellmers

Posted June 4

Redistricting could pit Congressman George Holding against Congresswoman Renee Ellmers in a Republican primary in the 2nd District.

— Businessman Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, has endorsed 2nd District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers in her primary.

Ellmers faces fellow Congressman George Holding and Cary doctor Greg Brannon.

Early in-person voting is over, but voters go to the polls on Tuesday to settle congressional and state Supreme Court primaries across North Carolina.

Ellmers was the first woman in Congress to endorse Trump's presidential bid, a fact he notes in his endorsement.

"I need her help in Washington so we can defeat ISIS, secure our border and bring back jobs, and frankly, so many other things. And Renee knows how to do it. She gets it," Trump says in a recorded message.

Ellmers' campaign distributed the recording online this weekend, and it will go out as an automatic call to voters in the district on Monday, according to a member of her campaign team.

Ellmers sent the news out to supporters on Saturday, writing in an email, "I'm excited to share with you that I've been endorsed by GOP nominee, and the next president of the United States, Donald Trump!"

It is unusual for sitting congressmen to find themselves in the same race. But after state lawmakers were forced to redraw congressional districts this spring, Holding's existing 13th District moved to the Triad. He now lives in the 4th District, a Democratic stronghold currently represented by Congressman David Price, but he lives close to the newly drawn 2nd District, and many of the voters that he currently represents live in the redrawn district.

Ellmers was first elected as a tea party standard bearer, while Holding is a veteran of former Sen. Jesse Helms' office. In recent weeks, the two have questioned each other's conservative credentials and sparred over spending on overseas trips.

Carter Wrenn, a strategist working for Holding, dismissed the Trump endorsement, pointing to news reports that Ellmers had first sided with Ohio Gov. John Kasich before backing Trump.

"I think she's been trying to use Trump to help herself ever since. This is just the latest chapter in that book," Wrenn said, adding that he believes primary voters will "make up their own minds. I think they tend to take endorsements with a grain of salt."


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  • Terry Lightfoot Jun 6, 1:33 p.m.
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    Wow...what a smug, condescending look Trump has in his pic....says alot.

  • Terry Lightfoot Jun 6, 1:30 p.m.
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    This is the best quote with TRUTH that I have read in a long time....KUDOS to you.

  • Marc Nichols Jun 6, 11:11 a.m.
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    I assume the chihuahua wrote this. He is still more of a thinker than you Ellmers and TRump put together.

  • Marc Nichols Jun 6, 11:09 a.m.
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    Really? Must be a poor signal reception on whatever planet you're living on. Renee Ellmers is her own brand of stupid. She aligns with democrats? hardly. a nurse who opposes health care accessibility, is pro big oil, doesnt believe in global warming or probably evolution either. Gotta love how you republicans and tea partiers have no issue throwing your own under the bus as you chase each other's tails. You keep on eating your own young as you fight to see who can have the most radical, unconstitutional and uninformed platforms.

  • James Barefoot Jun 5, 5:13 p.m.
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    Donald, The DON, I was in your camp, Ellmers went to Wash, with a bang and fell in with the Democrats,, Unless you plan to tune Her back in, I would stay clear... Just Saying

  • Lance Boyle Jun 5, 2:31 p.m.
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    She resembles a prize fighter. Perfect for the party. George Holding seems a little soft, a little doughy. May not be able to rattle the sabre.

  • Rob Dunham Jun 5, 1:38 p.m.
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    Maybe she can have an affair with Trump and see where that gets her.

  • Betsy Sparks Jun 5, 11:21 a.m.
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    Conservative Republicans just got one more nail in the coffin from their presumptive presidential nominee. The Heritage Foundation shows Holding as 90% conservative - tied for the top for NC legislators. Ellmers is the lowest rated Republican in the House for NC at 59%.

    And what has been her most significant contribution in the last two years? Keeping Kevin McCarthy from being named Speaker because of their alleged affair.

  • Charlie Watkins Jun 5, 10:15 a.m.
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    Donald Trump is not afraid to take a stand. And neither is Renee Elmers. These two are fine example of leadership. Bless them both for making America great again.

  • David Craft Jun 5, 5:37 a.m.
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    This was not a good decision on Trump's part....She may have gotten behind him. She has also gotten behind the established washingtn elite and she needs to be replaced...