Veteran Democratic Lawmaker Bob Etheridge Loses Seat

A career nurse who became a tea party favorite in North Carolina has ousted a veteran Democratic lawmaker from Congress in the state's 2nd Congressional District.

Republican candidate Renee Ellmers called Tuesday's win over Bob Etheridge a "victory for the people." Etheridge declined to concede the race.

The 2nd District includes Nash County.

Republicans had eyed several Democratic incumbents in North Carolina as potential seats to flip in their favor. But outside groups mostly bypassed the Ellmers race to target three other Democrats: Reps. Heath Shuler, Larry Kissell and Mike McIntyre. Each of those incumbents retained his seat.

The veteran lawmaker declined to concede the race Tuesday night, saying in a statement that he will work to make sure every vote is counted and to ensure the integrity of the outcome.

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