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Tillis makes key committee chair appointments, emphasizing sophomore representatives

House Speaker Thom Tillis on Wednesday announced his choices to lead several key committees, elevating several second-term representatives to prominent positions.

Darrell McCormick suspends House campaign, endorses Hollo

State Rep. Darrel McCormick today announced he was suspending his re-election campaign and throwing his support to his colleague, Rep. Mark Hollo.

McCormick, a Republican from Yadkinville, had been thrown in the same district as Hollo, a Republican from Taylorsville as part of the redistricting.

“It is in the best interest of my district, the state and the Republican Party that I not continue to oppose my good friend, Mark Hollo, in this primary campaign.” McCormick said in a statement. “I encouraged my supporters and my friends to unite behind the campaign Mark Hollo and ensure that we have a Republican representing House District 73.''

House Speaker Thom Tillis praised McCormick saying that “during his tenure as a public servant, Darrell has established a reputation as a dedicated Representative who
put the interests of his constituents first.  I respect the decision he
has made today, and I wish Darrell and his family all the best in their
future endeavors.''

The GOP's House Top Five

Republicans have five seats in their sights so far.

Based on filings with the State Board of Elections, Michael Luthy of the N.C. Republican House Majority Fund singled out five districts where he thinks the GOP has a good chance:

3rd: Norman Sanderson of Arapahoe and Craven County Commissioner Renee Sisk face off in the Republican primary to run against Democratic Rep. Alice Graham Underhill.

41st: Apex Councilman Bryan Gossage, owner of Peak Media Group, squares off against first-term Democratic Rep. Ty Harrell.

86th: Valdese attorney Hugh Blackwell faces Democratic Rep. Walt Church Sr. in a rematch of the 2006 race.

88th: Former state Rep. Mark Hollo of Taylorsville faces Democratic Rep. Ray Warren in a rematch of the 2006 race.

90th: Mount Airy attorney Sarah Stevens squares off against Rep. Jim Harrell III.

Luthy said that he was excited about several other races, but did not want to talk about them until the candidates have filed.

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