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Congresswoman Renee Ellmers walks fine line on marriage stance

Congresswoman Renee Ellmers' new TV ad is walking a fine line when it comes to her stance on marriage.

Ellmers, a freshman Republican facing three primary challengers, spoke out against North Carolina's marriage amendment earlier this year, saying she would vote against it. But in the 30-second TV ad, the narrator says Ellmers "fights for traditional marriage." (Watch above.)

Her spokesman said the same line earlier this year when acknowledging she'd vote against and doesn't oppose civil unions. ("She has an will continue to protect and defend marriage at the federal level," the aide said. More here.)

The statements draw a distinction at the federal and state level when it comes to banning gay marriage. But will voters see the nuance as genuine, or will they think she's talking out of both sides of her mouth?

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