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|U.S. House, North Carolina , District 10|
|Bachelor's||University of South Carolina - Spartanburg|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
Fortenberry ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing North Carolina's 10th District. Fortenberry sought the nomination on the Republican ticket. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was February 29, 2012. Fortenberry was defeated by incumbent Rep. Patrick McHenry (R) in the Republican primary. 
The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as 1 of the 10 states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013. North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.
The primary took place on May 8, 2012.
|U.S. House, North Carolina District 1 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Ken H. Fortenberry||19.6%||15,936|
AdsIn April 2012, Fortenberry released a slideshow titled "The Company He Keeps," targeting incumbent Rep. Patrick McHenry for keeping company with people who Fortenberry believes "don't keep conservative North Carolina values."
"The Company He Keeps"
- Gaston Gazette "Congressional candidate to challenge McHenry for U.S. House seat" Accessed February 1, 2012
- North Carolina State Board of Elections "Primary Election Results" Accessed May 9, 2012.
- Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
- North Carolina State Board of Elections "2012 Primary Results" Accessed October 10, 2012