Ellmers Ousted In Primary Following Rift With Social Conservatives Over Abortion
“Actions have consequences,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List.
Renee Ellmers Is First GOP Incumbent Knocked Off In Primary
Rep. George Holding won the Republican primary for a newly redrawn district in North Carolina, beating Rep. Renee Ellmers, who became the first GOP incumbent to lose in a primary this year. Holding, who was first elected in 2012, had 52 percent of the vote with nearly two-thirds of precincts reporting when The Associated Press called the race. Ellmers, a three-term incumbent who was drawn into a new district this year and a rare incumbent-on-incumbent primary with Holding, trailed with 24 percent of the vote. Greg Brannon, a two-time Senate primary candidate, also got 24 percent. ... But an important factor in Ellmers being turned out was a rift with social conservatives over her brief opposition to the 20-week abortion ban. She stalled a vote planned to coincide with the March for Life in January 2015 — the biggest annual event for anti-abortion groups — to ensure that the rape exception didn’t mandate women to report the rape to police. (Schneider, 6/7)
Voter On Outgoing Congresswoman: She's A 'Mean Girl On Steroids'
North Carolina Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers went out with a bang Tuesday when she mocked the weight of a party activist who didn't support her re-election campaign during a stop at a polling place. Ellmers, who lost a primary for her House seat in North Carolina's Second District to a challenger backed by conservative groups Tuesday, told a former GOP official she had "gained some weight," when she stopped to vote earlier that day. The loss is also of note because Ellmers was opposed by conservative groups, but backed by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who recorded robocalls on her behalf. (Moody, 6/7)
Meanwhile, the lack of details from Donald Trump on his health care plan continues to disturb Republicans —
Trump’s Healthcare Plans Trouble GOP
Donald Trump’s inconsistencies on health policy are baffling experts and deepening the doubts that conservatives have about his candidacy. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has put forward a healthcare plan on his campaign website that leaves out many of the bolder promises he has made during debates and speeches. (Sullivan 6/8)