Ada Fisher was one of seven Republicans who ran in 2002 for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jesse Helms. She finished fourth in the primary to Elizabeth Dole, receiving 1 percent of the vote compared to Dole's 80 percent.
Fisher argued after the primary to elections officials that Dole didn't meet state residency requirements to run, but that complaint was thrown out.
She also complained during the campaign that she was kept out of a series of free television presentations that only featured Dole and another GOP rival.
She was unopposed in the 2004 GOP primary for the 12th Congressional District and is an underdog in her general election race against longtime incumbent Mel Watt.