Under the Dome

NC's 2nd District congressional race seen as 'competitive'

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Monday listed North Carolina’s District 2, now held by Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers, as an “emerging district,” meaning one where if Democrats continue to become more competitive, the race will get higher levels of DCCC support.

The DCCC is the campaign arm of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives. It provides different levels of support to Democrats in all competitive campaigns, but its top level is what it calls “Red to Blue” races. There are 35 of these races now, including 16 new ones announced on Monday, none of them in North Carolina

The DCCC press release said that “Red to Blue” races get “financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support.”

The “emerging district” tag doesn’t specify support for any particular candidate. The DCCC has a separate category for that, called “emerging races.”

Three Democrats want to unseat Ellmers: licensed professional counselor Toni Morris of Fayetteville, former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco of Asheboro and singer Clay Aiken of Chatham County. Ellmers also has a Republican challenger in the primary, radio talk show host Frank Roche of Cary.