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North Carolina GOP leader won’t seek new term

NC Republican party chair says Roy Cooper, AG in 2010 didn’t do enough to stop election irregularities in Bladen County

North Carolina Republican party chair Robin Hayes says Roy Cooper could have done more years ago when election irregularities arose.
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North Carolina Republican party chair Robin Hayes says Roy Cooper could have done more years ago when election irregularities arose.

The North Carolina Republican Party will be under new leadership later this year.

Robin Hayes announced Monday that he won’t seek another term as chairman of the NC GOP. In an email to media outlets, the party cited “issues with his mobility.”

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N.C. Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes won’t seek another term. Chuck Liddy cliddy@newsobserver.com

“The North Carolina Republican Party is at its most stable point in recent history, with strong leadership at all levels of our Party,” Hayes said in a press release. “With the NCGOP well positioned to win two special Congressional elections this year and deliver this state for President Trump in 2020, this is a good time to pass the torch to our strong bullpen of Republican Party leaders.”

Hayes’ announcement comes about a month after the party’s vice chairwoman, Michele Nix, resigned her position to run for Congress in North Carolina’s 3rd District.

Chad Adams, a radio show host, reported early Monday that Hayes would resign. That’s not the case, as Hayes plans to serve out the remainder of his term until a new leader is elected between June 6-9 at the NC GOP convention in Concord.

Hayes, a congressman from 1999 to 2009, was elected to take over as chairman in 2016 after the party ushered out former chairman Hasan Harnett. He was re-elected in 2017 at the NC GOP’s convention, giving him a new two-year term.

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