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Tillis, Harris receive endorsements in Senate race

Outside organizations are increasingly naming their favorite candidates in the North Carolina U.S. Senate race.

This week, House Speaker Thom Tillis received the support of BIPAC, a national business political group. As The Hill reported, the Tillis endorsement is one of a number in which the organization is backing candidates threatened by tea party challengers.

The endorsement will likely help Tillis increase his fundraising lead. He faces four Republican candidates in the primary who are cozying up to the tea party: Mark Harris, Greg Brannon, Heather Grant and Ted Alexander.

Harris announced a big endorsement Friday from the Family Research Council Action PAC, a social conservative organization led by Tony Perkins, a close ally.

Harris is a Charlotte pastor who helped lead the push to put a gay marriage ban in the state constitution, an effort backed by the FRC.

“Mark Harris has been a friend to our organization for many years,” Perkins said. “I am honored to join with North Carolina’s former Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake in his endorsement of Mark Harris. Like the good judge, I, too, have full faith in Mark’s leadership abilities, his courage and his commitment to family values. He will help lead this country from the cultural and economic chaos our country is now experiencing. We need his leadership and offer our full endorsement and our prayers.”

“When I talk about being a North Carolina voice for North Carolina values,” Harris said in a statement. “I am envisioning the day of standing alongside the Family Research Council, who work diligently for those values every day.”