- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A conservative government watchdog group has decided to actively seek the defeat of Republican U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers in North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District.

The state chapter of Americans for Prosperity announced Thursday plans to run online ads opposing Ellmers in the June 7 GOP primary and for members to go door-to-door with that message. She is facing 13th District Rep. George Holding and Greg Brannon in the primary. Holding decided to run against Ellmers when he was drawn into the 4th District earlier this year.

Ellmers was first elected in 2010 with tea party support. Her critics say she has aligned with the GOP establishment and question her credentials in opposing abortion.

The political arm of the conservative Club for Growth also announced this week it was opposing Ellmers.

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