Winning State GOP Shifts To Speaker, Pro Tem Choices

Election Day is over, but campaigns are kicking into gear for several Republican legislators after the GOP won clear majorities in the North Carolina General Assembly for the next two years.

At least four House GOP members have indicated they're running for speaker in January, including Minority Leader Paul Stam of Wake County and Minority Whip Thom Tillis of Mecklenburg County. McDowell Rep. Mitch Gillespie and Mecklenburg Ric Killian said Thursday they're seeking the top job, too.

Over in the Senate, Republicans appear to be coalescing around Minority Leader Phil Berger of Rockingham County to run for the top job -- Senate president pro tempore.

Senate and House Republicans who won Tuesday are meeting later this month to pick their nominees for both powerful positions.

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