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GOP targets ‘swing’ district

GOP targets ‘swing’ district

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Published by Geoffrey A. Cooper
By Geoffrey Cooper
Staff Writer

A Dunn conservative with Tea Party ties and considerable GOP backing is surfing the wave of angry voters in her aim to capsize the re-election bid of a seven term U.S. House Democrat. Much anticipation has surrounded this year’s U.S. House District 2 race between 14-year veteran lawmaker Bob Etheridge and Republican newcomer Renee Ellmers.
By Geoffrey Cooper
Staff Writer

A Dunn conservative with Tea Party ties and considerable GOP backing is surfing the wave of angry voters in her aim to capsize the re-election bid of a seven term U.S. House Democrat. Much anticipation has surrounded this year’s U.S. House District 2 race between 14-year veteran lawmaker Bob Etheridge and Republican newcomer Renee Ellmers.

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goptarets‘swin’district
bgeoffrey Cooper
Staff Writer 
A Dunn conservative with TeaParty ties and considerable GOPbacking is surfng the wave o an-gry voters in her aim to capsizethe re-election bid o a seven-term U.S. House Democrat.Much anticipation has sur-rounded this year’s U.S. HouseDistrict 2 race between 14-yearveteran lawmaker Bob Etheridgeand Republican newcomer ReneeEllmers. Since the conclusion o the May primary, the contest hasbeen watched with keen interestby political experts and leaderso both parties, statewide and na-tionally.Etheridge was elected to Con-gress in 1996, deeating Republi-can David Funderburk. He otenhas been dubbed by pundits as a“sae Democrat” during his ten-ure, having no troubles breezingpast opponents by wide marginsin congressional races.But a backlash has hit Ether-idge this year, mainly because o his controversial roughhousingo two conservativevideo bloggersin Washington,D.C., and orhis support o rescuing fnan-cial and automo-tive industries, theederal stimulus package, healthcare and extending unemploy-ment benefts.Ellmers said she entered thepolitical arena because o whatshe calls a government takeovero the country’s health care sys-tem by Congress’ liberal major-ity. She said she would not havevoted or the health care legisla-tion – which was met with disap-proval by GOP members – and i elected, will work to eventuallyrepeal the reorms or block theirunding.The current health legislationwill skyrocket the country’s def-cit, she said, adding that changescould be better met with tort re-orm, giving businesses tax cred-its to purchase insurance or em-ployees and allowing residents to
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