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Poll reveals Etheridge may lose Congressional seat

Friday, October 29, 2010

A new Civitas poll says that Congressman Bob Etheridge is in danger of losing the seat he's held for 13 years.

Etheridge is in a heated race for the 2nd Congressional District with newcomer Renee Ellmers. With only five days left to campaign the battle is boiling over.

"We're not going to let anything get away from us," Ellmers said.

The Republican underdog status fuels Ellmers, but a new poll by Civitas --a conservative think tank-- may give her new motivation.

Four hundred voters polled by Survey USA last week shows Ellmers ahead of Congressman Etheridge 46 to 41, with 7 percent undecided.

Among voters who say they'll definitely vote, Ellmers' lead grows 49 to 40 --the margin of error is 5 percent.

"We're treating the poll very lightly that's good news for us of course, but we're still going to keep going like we're five points behind," Ellmers said.

Etheridge wasn't available for comment Thursday, but his campaign spokesman said, "This is nothing but a desperate, last minute attempt to manipulate shadowy corporate cash in order to get Renee Ellmers and her out-of-touch agenda elected."

"There you have it, more negative on the part of the Etheridge campaign," Ellmers responded.

However, both campaigns are guilty of going negative.

Ellmers' supporters launched a shot at Ethridge for not taking a stance on the Ground Zero mosque debate.

Then an ad was released attacking Ellmers for denouncing healthcare reform, which Ethridge believes aides middle class Americans.

His spokesman says the congressman has always helped the middle class and that, "He won't stop now simply because these shadowy business interests conjured up a poll that gives them their dream scenario, which would be a nightmare for middle class families."

"I think people are seeing through it. I think they understand that its really lies that he's telling about me," Ellmers said.

The campaigning ends next Tuesday on Election Day.

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