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New political party on N.C. ballot won't name presidential candidate

A nonpartisan group that collected enough signatures earlier this year to get a slot on North Carolina's ballot in November as a new political party won't nominate a presidential candidate.

The group -- which collected about 86,000 signatures in North Carolina -- issued a statement late Thursday saying it's effort to nominate a third-party candidate through an online system. "As of this week, no candidate achieved the national support threshold required to enter the Americans Elect Online Convention in June. The primary process for the Americans Elect nomination has come to an end," the statement read.

Under its plan, voters would have decided the party’s candidates in an online nominating convention in June. Anyone could run for president, and all registered voters are eligible to serve as delegates. The group maintains U.S. voters are interested in an alternative to the two-party system and said it would continue its work.

Republican McCrory holds 6-point edge against Dalton in governor's race

A new poll shows the North Carolina governor's race is much closer than expected with Republican Pat McCrory holding a 6-point edge against Democratic rival Walter Dalton.

The survey released Tuesday is the first of the general election and shows Dalton moving closer to erase a double-digit deficit from two months ago.

McCrory gets 46 percent support compared to 40 percent for Dalton, according to a survey of 666 voters by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm. About 13 percent of voters remain undecided.

In early March, McCrory boasted a 46 percent to 35 percent lead on Dalton, who was in the middle of a primary contest against former Congressman Bob Etheridge, according to PPP. 

North Carolina voters expected to see new party on November ballot

UPDATED: A new political party is expected to appear on North Carolina's ballot in November. 

The nonpartisan Americans Elect wants to offer voters an alternative to the two-party political system. It submitted about 86,000 certified signatures from North Carolina residents to get on the ballot, joining the Democrat, Republican and Libertarian parties who will nominate a candidate. (The organization collected 120,000 signatures, about 86,000 of which were certified by local counties, organizers said.) Americans Elect needs 85,379 signatures, or 2 percent of the votes cast in the last general election, to make the cut, according to state law. 

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