RALEIGH — U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers has won re-election to a third term representing North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District.
The incumbent Republican from Dunn defeated her Democratic opponent, Clay Aiken of Cary.
Aiken was taking his first shot at political office.
During her victory speech, she told supporters she will continue to fight for them in Washington, and she wants to work across party lines to get things done, specifically focusing on jobs and the economy.
“We’ve got to get people back to work. We’ve got to create that environment of job growth. That’s first and foremost. We have so many other issues now with national defense, a strong safe secure border once and for all — all of those issues are issues I’m hearing about from our constituents. Healthcare is going to be another major issue that we’re going to be working on, and I believe there’s much we can get done there as well,” Ellmers said.
“We are going to continue this fight…our best days are ahead of us,” she added.
Meanwhile, Aiken thanked all of his supporters and said, “The result didn’t go the way we wanted…but we energized voters around North Carolina.”
“My voice will not be silenced, I will continue to use my platform to speak up for what I believe,” he said.
Aiken’s showdown with Ellmers was one of the highest profile races in the state.
Aiken had name recognition as the 2003 runner-up on American Idol.