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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Ellmers (R-NC) OUT, Davidson (R-OH) IN

art credit for Branco cartoon: pinterest.com

Incumbent Renee Ellmers loses primary,
Warren Davidson will replace Boehner until the next election

With all the headlines on Trump and Clinton, there are two other results from yesterday’s elections that you might have missed. The Washington Post reports:

Warren Davidson, a businessman and former Army Ranger, won a 15-way Republican primary in March in the special election for Ohio’s 8th Congressional District. The tea party candidate rather easily bested more moderate candidates, including two state lawmakers, in a campaign that quickly became ground zero for the party’s ongoing identity struggle in the House that Boehner used to run.

On Tuesday, Davidson easily won the special election in the deep-red district, which will allow him to serve out 2016 in Boehner’s seat.

Read the rest here.

And Renee Ellmers (R-NC) was defeated in the primary yesterday, despite Trump’s endorsement. The News Observer reports (h/t RealClearPolitics):

U.S. Rep. George Holding of Raleigh defeated a fellow incumbent — and a Donald Trump ally — in one of the most-watched congressional primaries in the nation.

Rep. Renee Ellmers’ defeat in the GOP contest marks a major fall for a politician who was once a television political show staple and who worked to recruit Republican women to run for office. Holding presented himself as more conservative than Ellmers.

“You go to Washington and you think you vote the right way,” Holding said at his victory party Tuesday night. “I try to vote in a conservative manner, and you wonder sometimes, do people even notice? This primary gave me the opportunity to learn that people do notice.”

With all precincts reporting, Holding defeated Ellmers by about 30 percentage points. Ellmers squeaked out a second-place finish by less than a percentage point over tea-party-connected candidate Greg Brannon.

This blog expressed disappointment over Trump’s endorsement of Ellmers. She was the first congresswoman  to endorse Trump, but her voting record was terrible. From News/Talk 1010 WCSI:

“Ellmers voted for Obama’s omnibus budget deal, voted to support Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal immigrants and supported John Kasich in a straw poll during the presidential primary,” the aide said Sunday. “Now she’s trying to fool voters to get reelected.”

More here. More on the 2015 Omnibus spending bill here.

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