The “throw the bums out” wave that was prevalent in many states was a mere ripple in North Carolina. Incumbents on both sides of the aisle held onto their seats in all of the congressional contests except one — in House District Two, where Republican Renee Ellmers defeated Democrat incumbent Bob Etheridge in a close race.
With these results and both parties holding onto key seats, North Carolina remains a “purple” state.
Richard L. Rainey is editor of North Carolina Employment Law Letter and an attorney with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, in Charlotte. He can be reached at (704) 331-4900.