Tea party-backed candidates split on the debt ceiling vote 76-34 according to a Washington Post tally. U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, a Republican representing the 2nd Congressional District who received Tea party backing in her campaign, cast her vote for the final debt deal.
"It was not an easy vote to make," said the freshman from Dunn.
"The reason I voted for it - it has no tax increases in it, it cuts spending greater than than the ceiling, it puts in place effective spending controls, and (it has) a balanced budget amendment," she said.
The final deal requires Congress vote before the end of this year on a joint resolution proposing a balanced budget amendment. Passage is not required.
Under the deal, the Pentagon is facing at least $350 billion in cuts over a decade.
Ellmers said those cuts can be made without harming soldiers, their families or veterans.
Ellmers has been a constant presence on national television in the last few weeks.
She was on Fox & Friends on Monday morning and on the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer in the afternoon. She had to miss a schedule appearance on Lou Dobbs last night because the House was still voting.
Voters from the district catch her on television, she said, and call the office and post on her Facebook page.
"It draws attention to North Carolina, it draws attention to our district, who we are and what we stand for," she said. "We think it's great."