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Stories and features about North Carolina candidates, voters, and the politics of the 2014 mid-term elections. Polls are open across N.C. until 7:30 p.m. on election day, November 4.

Republican U.S. Representative Renee Ellmers Debates Democrat Clay Aiken Today

Renee Ellmers, Clay Aiken

Republican U.S. Representative Renee Ellmers will face her challenger, Democrat Clay Aiken in a debate today at Pinehurst.
 

The event will take place before a live audience at a North Carolina Bankers Association conference today. Ellmers is generally acknowledged to be leading the race in the second district. State legislators redrew it in 2011 to favor Republicans.

Pollsters haven't released any numbers on this race. But Aiken's presence has generated interest from people across the country. He's a well-known nam.   As an American Idol runner-up, he has garnered national press in his effort to unseat Ellmers.  The debate is being taped for broadcaston local television.  It will air at 7:00 tonight on WRAL-TV and at 11:oo tonight on WRAZ-TV (FOX 50).

 

Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.
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