U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, a Republican representing the 2nd Congressional District, center, laughs with Debbie Merten, left, Mary Bryan Bowers, right, and Cindy Tarrant (not in frame) after Ellmers spoke to the Republican Women of Cary and Southwestern Wake during their monthly meeting at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary.
U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, a Republican representing the 2nd Congressional District, center, laughs with Debbie Merten, left, Mary Bryan Bowers, right, and Cindy Tarrant (not in frame) after Ellmers spoke to the Republican Women of Cary and Southwestern Wake during their monthly meeting at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary. ehyman@newsobserver.com
U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, a Republican representing the 2nd Congressional District, center, laughs with Debbie Merten, left, Mary Bryan Bowers, right, and Cindy Tarrant (not in frame) after Ellmers spoke to the Republican Women of Cary and Southwestern Wake during their monthly meeting at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary. ehyman@newsobserver.com

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