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US senators urge unity within fractured North Carolina GOP

GARY D. ROBERTSON, The Associated Press - GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Top North Carolina elected leaders are urging fellow Republicans to unify following a contentious presidential primary and the recent removal of the state party's chairman.

U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis addressed the state party's convention Saturday in Greensboro, asking more than 900 delegates and hundreds of additional guests to get behind presumptive nominee Donald Trump to prevent Democrat Hillary Clinton from becoming president.

Burr told party activists getting behind Trump is essential. Burr faces his own re-election campaign this fall and would benefit from top-of-the-ballot support for Trump.

Tillis originally endorsed Marco Rubio.

State party activists are meeting a week after a party body voted to throw out Chairman Hasan Harnett.


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