Ellmers in Washington as recount looms

Renee Ellmers

November 16, 2010 5:05:30 PM PST
The day before a recount in the 2nd Congressional race, Republican newcomer Renee Ellmers was in Washington readying herself to take office.

There's a less than 15-hundred vote difference between Ellmers and incumbent Democrat Bob Etheridge in preliminary results from the November 2 election - and both are very confident they'll win in a recount Tuesday.

"I think it's important that every vote be counted and everyone knows they're vote is counted and it's accurate," said Etheridge.

Ellmers currently leads Etheridge, and he's been criticized for his support of President Obama's policies.

Still, Etheridge told ABC11 Tuesday that if he wins an eighth term, his priorities won't change. He's for education and jobs, and he's willing to spend money to keep them from being sacrificed.

The rhetoric from Ellmers is very different.

The Tea Party backed Republican has already been through one orientation hosted by the hyper-conservative group Freedom Works - which has pledged to keep congressional members like Ellmers in lock-step.

But, Ellmers says she's not worried being beholden to anyone.

"Everything they say is what I'm in line with, so it's very easy. Smaller government, decreased taxation, these are all the things that I believe in, so it's very easy for me to follow that agenda," she told ABC11.

As for whether Ellmers is jumping the gun by travelling to Washington before the election result is official?

"Should she be here? That's her choice. I'm here because I was elected to congress. Whether she should be here is her choice," Etheridge offered.

The 2nd District is made up of all or parts of ten counties. Each county will recount ballots at various times on Wednesday and Thursday. The latest will take place in Lee and Wake counties, where recounts begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, so the outcome of the race should be known by the end of the day Thursday.

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