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GOP Congresswoman Renee Ellmers Wins Re-Election

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By The Raleigh Telegram

DUNN – Republican US Congresswoman Renee Ellmers who represents parts of eastern North Carolina in the Second Congressional District, claimed victory on Tuesday night a few hours after polls closed in North Carolina.

Watching the results reported in Dunn, North Carolina, Ellmer handily defeated Democratic challenger Steve Wilkins.  Ellmers just won the seat two years ago and the former registered nurse been popular since then in her district.

The results were incomplete with 8 of 9 counties reporting all of their votes in the Second District, but Ellmers was ahead by a sizable margin of 55.86% to 41.44% in the race.

In a statement released by her campaign, Ellmers thanked her supporters, her challenger for his service to his country, and called on both parties to work together.

“I am humbled to have the support of so many voters around the Second District and honored to have the privilege of continuing to serve them,” she said.

“Tonight I thank Steve Wilkins for his service to our country and congratulate him on a hard fought campaign,” Ellmers added.  “And I ask Steve and his supporters to work with us to change Washington. Democrats and Republicans will not always agree on policy but there are opportunities to work together in ways that responsibly reduce our deficit, shrink our government and empower the private sector to create jobs.”

The national results are incomplete, but it looks like the Democrats will likely retain control of the US Senate while Republicans will likely retain control of the US House of Representatives.  Ellmers and other incumbent Representatives both Democrat and Republican like Howard Coble (R), G.K. Butterfield (D), David Price (D), and Virginia Foxx (R) were all seen in prior polls to likely win their re-election bids.

Full text of Ellmers’ statement:

I am humbled to have the support of so many voters around the Second District and honored to have the privilege of continuing to serve them.

Tonight I thank Steve Wilkins for his service to our country and congratulate him on a hard fought campaign. And I ask Steve and his supporters to work with us to change Washington. Democrats and Republicans will not always agree on policy but there are opportunities to work together in ways that responsibly reduce our deficit, shrink our government and empower the private sector to create jobs.

We will celebrate tonight, but it is my hope that tomorrow we will put the campaign signs and slogans away and come together as a nation ready to tackle the real challenges that face us.

Tonight, even as we celebrate our victories, we cannot forget that over 440,000 of our friends and neighbors here in North Carolina remain out of work. That is what keeps me fighting every single day.

I will continue to fight for lower taxes, less government, and fewer regulations so we can create an environment where entrepreneurs and innovators will thrive and our businesses can get back to the business of hiring and creating jobs.

I still believe that America’s best and brightest days are ahead of us and I will work day and night for the people of North Carolina to make sure it stays that way.  ::

Article Posted: Tuesday, November 6th, 2012.  10:49pm.