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Ex-Republican Rhinehardt seeks U.S. Senate bid as independent

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Published: Mar. 9, 2021 at 11:46 AM EST
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PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) - A longtime Republican and former Capitol Hill staffer says she’s aiming to run for a North Carolina U.S. Senate seat next year as an independent candidate.

Kimrey Rhinehardt of Pittsboro has started collecting over 83,000 signatures of registered voters she’d need for her name to be on the ballot in fall 2022.

She says she officially changed her affiliation a few days after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot by extremist supporters of Donald Trump. GOP Sen. Richard Burr announced several years ago his plans not to seek another term in 2022.

Several other people have already announced their candidacies.

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