Ellmers Leads Etheridge: Rotten Old Acorn Trees Can be Toppled!

If you’ve been following the North Carolina race down in the 2nd District, you’ll know that Renee Ellmers has had a tough time beating back all that special-interest cash that “Move On” Bob Etheridge has had at his disposal.


Well, you’re going to find that this is a special treat just before Halloween: The voters of North Carolina’s 2nd District are beginning to see through Etheridge’s ghoulish mask and see him for the creepy kind of guy he is.

“Move On” Bob has been in politics longer than the majority of North Carolinians have been alive, which makes Renee’s task of unseating “Move On” Bob about as challenging as uprooting a rotten old Acorn tree.

Earlier today, Civitas released poll results indicating that Republican Renee Ellmers has taken the lead in what has been Renee’s come-from-behind battle for the future of North Carolina and our country. According to Civitas, Renee Ellmers is ahead in the final days before next Tuesday.

Democratic incumbent Congressman Bob Etheridge’s electoral future appears to be in jeopardy as he trails Republican challenger Renee Ellmers by 5 percentage points with less than one week until the election.

According to the poll of 400 registered voters in North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District, Ellmers leads Etheridge 46 percent to 41 percent.  Libertarian candidate Tom Rose garners 6 percent of the vote while 7 percent of voters are undecided.

Among voters who say they are definitely voting this year, Ellmers’ lead grows to 49 percent to 40 percent.

“Bob Etheridge is in the political fight of his life,” said Civitas Institute Senior Legislative Analyst Chris Hayes.  “The Republican tide sweeping across the nation appears to be catching Bob Etheridge in its wake.”

Ellmers is able to build a lead due to strength among unaffiliated voters who are supporting her by a 52-19 margin.  Etheridge is also losing 20 percent of his Democratic base vote to Ellmers.

Support for Etheridge tracks nearly in line with voter support for President Barack Obama in the district.  An identical 41 percent of voters both approve of the job Obama is doing as President and say they are voting for Etheridge.  Ninety-seven percent of voters who say they disapprove of the job Obama is doing are voting for Ellmers.


It’s not over yet. You never know what the SEIU, Pelosi and Etheridge have slithering around up their purple sleeves.

So, if you can, help give Renee the final push over the hump: Volunteer your time, contribute, but most of all get you, your friends, and neighbors out to vote on Tuesday.

It’s time to help “Move On” Bob and Nancy Pelosi move on!


“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.”  Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776

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