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Dome: U.S. Rep. Foxx says she won’t enter race to unseat Hagan

From Staff ReportsAugust 21, 2013 

U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx says she won’t enter the GOP primary for the chance to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan next year.

In an announcement Tuesday, Foxx said she already has “the best job in North Carolina.”

The Banner Elk Republican has ridden atop some polls for months as a voter favorite for the race. Foxx called the encouragement humbling but said she wants to continue representing her district.

“North Carolina deserves a United States Senator who is committed to increasing freedom and also to reducing the size of Washington’s footprint in our lives,” Foxx said in a statement. “That starts with electing a Senator who is committed to undoing President (Barack) Obama’s job-crushing heath care overhaul and getting our outrageous national deficit under control. Our conservative candidate for Senate will have my utmost support.”

Her decision follows that of U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers of Dunn, who said a few weeks ago that she wouldn’t run either.

So far, only state House Speaker Thom Tillis and Dr. Greg Brannon of Cary are running in the GOP primary.

Still thinking about it is state Sen. Phil Berger of Eden.

The Senate president pro tem told WPTF’s Bill Lumaye he would make an announcement “sometime in the couple of months.”

He also knocked Hagan’s decision to ask U.S. Attorney Eric Holder to take a look at the new voting law passed by the legislature.

“Senator Hagan has for almost six years now been in Washington and has consistently taken stands and has advocated positions which are inconsistent with the views of the vast majority of the people of North Carolina,’” he said.

Forsyth GOP target polling site

The newly appointed Republican chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Elections says he plans to eliminate an early voting site at Winston-Salem State University, the Winston-Salem Journal reports.

Chairman Ken Raymond said he will move Tuesday to shut down the voting site at the historically black campus after hearing talk that a professor had offered students extra credit for going to the polls, which he said was a violation of the law. He offered no proof.

Last week, the Watauga Board of Elections voted to close the voting site on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone.

Republicans on the Pasquotank County Board of Elections also voted last week to deny an Elizabeth City State University senior from running for City Council, ruling that that his on-campus address couldn’t be used to establish residency. The county chairman said he planned to challenge the voter residency of other students at the historically black school.

Conservatives target Burr

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr’s remarks calling a government shutdown to block the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” “the dumbest idea he’s ever heard” are being used against him in a new radio ad.

“What’s dumb is for Richard Burr to vote to fund a government program like Obamacare that will do so much harm to North Carolina families,” the script for the ad says.

The minute-long spot is designed to send “Burr a message.” It is paid for by the Senate Conservatives Fund, a political advocacy group that aims to elect conservative U.S. Senate candidates.

The group’s latest campaign is pushing for drastic action to block the federal health care law. According to a statement, the Senate Conservatives Fund says it will air the ad across the state for two weeks starting Wednesday. The cost of the ad buy is not disclosed, making it difficult to gauge how many people will hear it.

Staff writers Lynn Bonner, Rob Christensen, John Frank

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