U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, running for reelection, visited polling places Tuesday afternoon even though votes in the congressional races won’t count.
“I’m not taking anything for granted,” Ellmers, a Republican, said to reporters outside the Wake County Firearms Education & Training Center in Apex. “I want to make sure that the people of District 2 know how important I think this primary is on so many different levels, and I want to make sure that I’m visible and showing that I’m in the district.”
Ellmers is running in the 2nd Congressional District, the boundaries of which legislators changed significantly last month. A panel of federal judges required legislators to change two districts the court ruled were racial gerrymanders. As a result, all districts were redrawn. Ellmers’ Republican colleague, U.S. Rep. George Holding of Raleigh, has announced he will challenge her in the 2nd District.
Ellmers planned to visit precincts in the proposed district that were in the old district.
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Legislators set June 7 as the new date for the state’s congressional primaries. The court must approve the redrawn districts.
Ellmers said she voted for Donald Trump in the presidential primary. Voters are excited about the primary, she said.
“I think they have a lot to say about the direction they want the country to go in,” she said. I think they want someone to go to Washington and shake things up.”