- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers already has an opponent for the next Republican primary that’s over a year away.

Jim Duncan, outgoing chairman of the Chatham County Republican Party announced Monday his bid for the 2nd Congressional District seat held by Ellmers since 2011. Duncan is also the founder of a group called the Coalition for American Principles.

Duncan’s written announcement said he began formally considering a bid in February. He says upholding the U.S. Constitution, attacking the nation’s debt and protecting the country’s borders would be campaign hallmarks.

Ellmers defeated a primary opponent last May in her central North Carolina district and Democrat Clay Aiken in November. She’s been criticized recently by social conservatives for an effort to water down anti-abortion legislation.

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