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Candidates Edge Closer to Nomination

They've promised greater experience, openness and access, fewer terms in office and slices of key lime pie and carrot cake in between.
The desserts wrapped up a luncheon hosted by Representative Jim
Crawford. The Granville County Democrat is one of six announced
candidates seeking the nomination for speaker from House Democrats.
House Democrats are preparing to meet Wednesday to choose their
successor to embattled outgoing Speaker Jim Black. All the
candidates insist they are on the road to victory even though no
one had claimed a majority of the 68 Democratic votes as of late
last week.
Black's decision last month not to seek a fifth term as speaker
following a year of ethical and legal problems blew wide open an
already interesting race to lead the 120-member chamber.


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