10. NC-2: Bob Etheridge Falls to Ellmers
Among the things that a representative shouldn’t do is grab an interviewer by the collar and demand that he identify himself, all while the film is rolling. He certainly shouldn’t do so when he represents a swing district. And he definitely shouldn’t do so while compiling a generally liberal voting record in a year when the headwinds were blowing against him.
But that’s exactly what North Carolina Democrat Bob Etheridge did. The infamous YouTube video of the incident went viral, and it propelled his unheralded opponent, nurse Renee Ellmers, into a tossup race with the seven-term Rep. In the end, Ellmers finished barely ahead, and now faces a recount.