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Republican Heather Grant drops out of insurance commissioner race

Heather Grant speaks during The Great Debate, a forum sponsored by the East Wake Republican Club at Hephzibah Baptist Church on Friday, April 11, 2014 in Wendell, N.C.
Heather Grant speaks during The Great Debate, a forum sponsored by the East Wake Republican Club at Hephzibah Baptist Church on Friday, April 11, 2014 in Wendell, N.C. jhknight@newsobserver.com

The field of Republicans seeking to unseat insurance commissioner Wayne Goodwin just got smaller.

Heather Grant, a Wilkesboro nurse practitioner and former candidate for U.S. Senate, announced Friday that she’s dropping out of the race.

“Over the last several months Heather has considered her ability to campaign and meet the commitment required by the campaign,” her campaign posted on Facebook. “As you know running a statewide campaign takes 100 percent commitment, and with her continuing health issues she can no longer ensure such a commitment.”

The campaign did not elaborate on Grant’s health problems. Grant was among the Republicans who ran for U.S. Senate in 2014, losing to Thom Tillis in the GOP primary.

Grant’s departure leaves two Republicans in the March primary for insurance commissioner: Perennial candidate and state employee Mike Causey and Charlotte businessman Ronald Pierce.

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