Ellmers Delays Senate Decision Timeline #NCSEN
Posted at 6 a.m. on June 28, 2013
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Ellmers is considering a bid for Senate. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)
Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., has pushed back her timeline to make a decision about the Senate race for another couple weeks.
“I haven’t quite reached my full decision, but I think I know where I’m leaning,” Ellmers told Roll Call on Thursday between votes on Capitol Hill.
The second-term congresswoman has previously stated she is considering a primary bid to challenge Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., one of the 2014 cycle’s most vulnerable senators. Earlier this year, s spokeswoman told CQ Roll Call that Ellmers would make a decision by June.
Ellmers now says she will announce her decision within two weeks.
Apart from state Speaker Thom Tillis, who entered the race in May, contenders in the GOP field remain uncertain.
In addition to Ellmers, Rep. Virginia Foxx, state Senate President Phil Berger, the Rev. Mark Harris of Charlotte First Baptist Church, and former Ambassador Jim Cain have all said they are considering running.
When pushed on whom she might support in the primary if she didn’t run, Ellmers did mention one name.
“I got a chance to meet Jim Cain, and I want to sit down with him,” Ellmers said. “I think he’s interesting. There are some positives there.”
Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rates the race as Toss-up/Tilt Democrat.