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A third candidate emerges for House Republican leader

The House GOP power struggle is becoming more intriguing as a third candidate emerged for Republican majority leader: Rep. Edgar Starnes.

Starnes, a nine-term lawmaker and committee chairman from Hickory, said he is seeking the post regardless of whether the Republican caucus decides to split the job -- as it will discuss in Saturday's meeting.

If it is split, Starnes said he would make a bid for the day-to-day operations role, managing the caucus and running the Republican agenda on the floor.

"I've seen a lot of leaders come and a lot of leaders go and I think I have an idea of what the caucus needs and I think that my leadership style will best suit the members," he said in an interview Wednesday.

David Lewis making calls in run for House GOP leader

State Rep. David Lewis, a committee chairman, is running for House GOP leader. He is making calls to Republican lawmakers saying he wants to serve alongside Ruth Samuelson

Republican are considering splitting the majority leader post. Lewis wants the operations end of the job that would run the daily calendar and manage the caucus agenda. Samuelson is campaigning for the bigger picture strategic job.

Samuelson announces bid for House GOP leader

Ruth Samuelson is making a bid for Republican leader in the N.C. House.

The Charlotte lawmaker emailed her colleagues Wednesday and asked for their support for majority leader. And if the caucus decides to split the two positions -- an unprecedented move to have two majority leaders -- Samuelson wants to take the "development" post that will put her in charge of strategic messaging, professional development and campaign fundraising.

"We had great success yesterday and I would like to continue to use that experience to make us stronger as a team," she wrote in the email.

House GOP leader Skip Stam in line to become speaker pro tem

UPDATED: House Majority Leader Paul "Skip" Stam is poised to become Speaker Pro Tem.

Stam, an Apex Republican, said after six years as the chamber's GOP leader it's time to shift positions. "I believe in term limits at the leadership level and I want to set a good example," he said in an interview Wednesday.

The move would set him up for a potential run for House Speaker in 2014, when House Speaker Thom Tillis plans to step down as part of self-imposed term limits. Stam declined to discuss whether he would run again. (He lost to Tillis in 2010.) "I may run in two years but I'm not spending one second on that for the next long period of time," he said. 

Stam launches re-election with fundraiser

House GOP leader Paul "Skip" Stam is launching is re-election campaign today with a fundraiser in his hometown of Apex.

Bill Cobey, a former congressman, state party chairman and gubernatorial candidate, is the special guest at the event, according to an announcement. The event hopes to raise $100 per person.

Stam is looking to win his seventh term in the 2012 elections. He challenged Thom Tillis for the top post in the House last year but Tillis took the speakership.

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