The Campaign Spot

Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

The Unresolved House Races, Part Two


I checked in with someone who knows the ins and outs of the Renee Ellmers campaign in North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district, and that campaign, too, is cautiously optimistic about the outcome of the still-unresolved race.

Right now, Ellmers leads Democrat Bob Etheridge by a bit more than 1,600 votes. She will need to lead by around 1,880 votes to break the 1 percent mark; if the margin is less than 1 percent, there will be an automatic recount. Friday is the deadline for having provisional and absentee ballots counted; it is estimated that there are 3,000 or so waiting to be resolved. Roughly a third are in Ellmers’s strongest county, and the others are in counties where Etheridge performed better.

Friday’s certification will determine whether the campaign will have to fight on through an automatic recount; lawyers are ready.

The fund-raising response for recount expenses is characterized as “amazing.”

Tags: Bob Etheridge , Renee Ellmers


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