Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina U.S. House candidates spent more than $20 million seeking seats in the upcoming session of Congress, with Republican 2nd District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers outpacing all others. Political TV ad spending in North Carolina
Ellmers spent $1.7 million in her bid to keep her seat, fending off Democrat Clay Aiken, an entertainer who won a close Democratic primary. Aiken spent $1.18 million, but some of that was to edge out former Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco for the Democratic nomination.
Of the 13 congressional races in North Carolina, winners spent more than their general election foes in all but one case. Democrat Laura Fjeld spent $904,779 in the 6th District race but lost to Republican Mark Walker, who only spent $791,337 over the course of the campaign.
Those numbers don't reflect spending from outside groups such as super PACs and nonprofits. Such outside spending drove up the cost of the U.S. Senate contest between Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican victor Thom Tillis but were less present in U.S. House races.
However, aside from Fjeld and Aiken, both Democrats, the only other U.S. House challenger to raise six-figures or more was Vincent Coakley, the Republican who ran against Democrat Alma Adams in the 12th District. Adams won the seat, spending more than twice as much as Coakley.
In all other races, the eventual winners spent at least four times as much as their opponents.
|Candidate||District||Party||Incumbent/Challenger||Spending||Cash on Hand||Debt|
|ELLMERS, RENEE JACISIN||02||REPUBLICAN PARTY||INCUMBENT||$1,778,768||$183,464||$-|
|ROUZER, DAVID CHESTON MR.||07||REPUBLICAN PARTY||OPEN||$1,449,936||$109,732||$-|
|HOLDING, GEORGE E MR.||13||REPUBLICAN PARTY||INCUMBENT||$1,389,026||$67,298||$309,500|
|AIKEN, CLAYTON CLAY||02||DEMOCRATIC PARTY||CHALLENGER||$1,175,547||$5,399||$73,798|
|HUDSON, RICHARD L. JR.||08||REPUBLICAN PARTY||INCUMBENT||$1,115,766||$462,073||$5,000|
|MCHENRY, PATRICK TIMOTHY||10||REPUBLICAN PARTY||INCUMBENT||$986,652||$865,045||$-|
|PITTENGER, ROBERT M. THE HON.||09||REPUBLICAN PARTY||INCUMBENT||$938,004||$105,350||$663,000|
|FJELD, LAURA||06||DEMOCRATIC PARTY||OPEN||$904,779||$-||$-|
|WALKER, BRADLEY MARK||06||REPUBLICAN PARTY||OPEN||$791,337||$41,525||$-|
|ADAMS, ALMA SHEALEY||12||DEMOCRATIC PARTY||INCUMBENT||$727,873||$37,737||$-|
|BUTTERFIELD, G K||01||DEMOCRATIC PARTY||INCUMBENT||$686,311||$403,175||$-|
|FOXX, VIRGINIA ANN||05||REPUBLICAN PARTY||INCUMBENT||$675,444||$2,042,973||$-|
|JONES, WALTER B.||03||REPUBLICAN PARTY||INCUMBENT||$661,153||$141,513||$-|
|PRICE, DAVID E.||04||DEMOCRATIC PARTY||INCUMBENT||$660,738||$244,472||$-|
|MEADOWS, MARK R||11||REPUBLICAN PARTY||INCUMBENT||$359,504||$184,163||$212,500|
|COAKLEY, VINCENT EDWARD||12||REPUBLICAN PARTY||OPEN||$328,250||$52,269||$10,455|
|MACQUEEN, TATE||10||DEMOCRATIC PARTY||CHALLENGER||$81,080||$235||$-|
|CLEARY, BRENDA LEWIS||13||DEMOCRATIC PARTY||CHALLENGER||$72,967||$14,571||$10,000|
|BARFIELD, JONATHAN JR||07||DEMOCRATIC PARTY||OPEN||$60,124||$30||$-|
|CASTEEN, J WESLEY||07||LIBERTARIAN PARTY||OPEN||$29,044||$82||$3,150|
|ADAME, MARSHALL RICHARD||03||DEMOCRATIC PARTY||CHALLENGER||$23,909||$2,021||$-|
|RICH, ARTHUR JASON||01||REPUBLICAN PARTY||CHALLENGER||$18,379||$93||$3,470|
|HILL, TOM||11||DEMOCRATIC PARTY||CHALLENGER||$14,966||$22||$6,506|
|BRANNON, JOSHUA "JOSH" ETHAN||05||DEMOCRATIC PARTY||CHALLENGER||$9,946||$1,635||$-|
|BLUE, ANTONIO||08||DEMOCRATIC PARTY||CHALLENGER||$6,278||$4,581||$-|