NC Rep. McCormick says he’s suspending campaign

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YADKINVILLE, N.C. — A two-term North Carolina state House member has decided he won’t actively run for re-election although he filed as a candidate last month in a redrawn district where another GOP incumbent is also running.

Rep. Darrell McCormick of Yadkin County announced Friday he formally suspended his campaign in the 73rd District and is withdrawing from the Republican primary against Rep. Mark Hollo of Alexander County. McCormick’s name will remain on the ballot because it can’t be removed once the filing period ends.

McCormick says he decided he doesn’t want to run against a good friend and urged supporters to back Hollo. Redistricting placed the pair in the same district.

Hollo would still face a Democrat in the general election for the heavily Republican district.

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