A candidate for a state house seat in Eastern Carolina is withdrawing for medical reasons. Joel Raupe, 49 years old, is the Republican candidate in the District 6 house race, which includes Pitt and Beaufort counties. He would have faced incumbent Democrat Arthur Williams in the fall. Raupe says he is suffering from chronic pain and needs to find appropriate treatment. It will now be up to a special Republican committee to replace Raupe on the ballot.
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