Etheridge responds to low poll results

RALEIGH Etheridge is in a heated race for the 2nd Congressional District with newcomer Renee Ellmers. With only four days left to campaign the battle is boiling over.

A new poll by Civitas --a conservative think tank-- reveals that 400 voters polled by Survey USA last week shows Ellmers ahead of Congressman Etheridge 46 to 41, with 7 percent undecided.

Among voters who say they'll definitely vote, Ellmers' lead grows 49 to 40 --the margin of error is 5 percent.

"We're treating the poll very lightly that's good news for us of course, but we're still going to keep going like we're five points behind," Ellmers said on Thursday.

On Friday, Etheridge responded to the poll results.

"Number one, I don't believe it," Etheridge said. "I'm out talking to folks. Number two the only poll that counts is the one that comes out next Tuesday when people vote."

Earlier in the day, a small crowd of veterans gathered at Methodist University to support the incumbent congressman who touted his record as the reason he should be re-elected --"as a county commissioner, as a state legislator, as state superintendent, the years in Congress working for farmers, our men and women in uniform and children and doing the things that are important to the people of this district, creating jobs."

Retired General Hugh Shelton, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also showed his support for Ethridge on Friday.

"He provides for jobs, he provides great support for our military bases; he provides our military members and their families and of course he's big on education as well having served as superintendent of schools," Shelton said. "So he's the complete package."

Etheridge says he plans to shake as many hands as he can and speak at countless events between now and Election Day.

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