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AFP works for Ellmers defeat

Americans for Prosperity, a Koch-connected group, is going after incumbent U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers ahead of the GOP primary in the 2nd Congressionsal District.

AFP will spend six figures trying to convince voters not to choose Ellmers, a three-term incumbent from Dunn, said AFP’s North Carolina Director Donald Bryson. Door-to-door canvassing to defeat Ellmers started Thursday, Bryson said. The group will also pay for digial ads and mailers and organize phone banks in an effort to defeat her.

Ellmers is facing U.S. Rep. George Holding of Raleigh and Greg Brannon of Cary in the June 7 primary.

Ellmers has drawn fire from a number of conservative groups. AFP criticizes some of her budget votes and for a vote she took to advance the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

AFP views the Export-Import Bank as a form of corporate welfare and worked hard to kill it. “We lobbied her hard,” Bryson said. “She went the other way.”