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King won't seek re-election to state GOP leadership

The N.C. Republican Party will see a complete leadership change at the top. GOP Vice-Chairman Wayne King announced Monday he would not seek re-election at the party's June convention. Chairman Robin Hayes previously announced he would step down.

“I am confident that the future is very bright for our party," King said in a statement. "Our new governor and our Republican majorities in the state House and state Senate are charting a new conservative vision for our state that will protect our freedoms, transform our economy and return our state to prosperity."

King recently joined Congressman Mark Meadows' office as a senior advisor. Gov. Pat McCrory is backing former Wake County GOP Chairman Claude Pope to lead the party. The list of candidates for vice-chairman is wide open. One announced candidate is former state Rep. Glen Bradley.

Morning Memo: A new 2014 map, McCrory mum on second big departure

UPDATED: WHAT REDISTRICTING MEANS: Only one competitive congressional race in 2014. Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball political rankings show what happens when congressional districts are packed with like-minded folks. Of the state's 13 congressional races, only one is deemed competitive between parties. The seat is Democratic Congressman Mike McIntyre in District 7. McIntyre won a close race in 2012 -- one of the few where Mitt Romney won the president vote -- and another tight contest is expected in 2014. The pundits at University of Virginia give him the early edge, though, ranking the race "leans Democratic."

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Morning Roundup: State GOP leaders knew about Goldman-Malone troubles

N.C. Republican Party leaders were aware of a reported relationship between Wake County school board members Debra Goldman and Chris Malone, yet they still discouraged other potential GOP candidates from opposing Goldman in her run for state auditor, a former opponent said Tuesday. After voting Tuesday, Pat McCrory wouldn't say whether he supported Goldman. Read the full story here.

More political headlines:

--The state employees association unveiled a website Tuesday that highlights the GOP lieutenant governor candidate Dan Forest's thoughts on  “Islamic extremists” who want to impose Shariah law and a United Nations plan for sustainable development called Agenda 21. “He is probably the most radical candidate who’s ever run for North Carolina office,” said Dana Cope, the group's leader.

Joe "You Lie" Wilson to attend Lincolnton rally, fish fry

U.S. Rep. Joe "You Lie" Wilson of South Carolina is heading to Lincolnton for a Sept. 29 rally and fish fry.

Wilson was rebuked by Congress for shouting "you lie" while President Barack Obama was speaking about then-proposed health care reform during a 2009 joint session of Congress. Organizers are touting Wilson as "a man who has the courage and conviction to speak his mind."

Also in attendance will be Wayne King, vice-chair of N.C. GOP, David Curtis, an N.C. Senate candidate, and Jason Saine, an N.C. representative seeking re-eleciton. The event starts at 3 p.m. at the Lincolon County GOP Headquarters on 417 E. Main Street.

NC vote: From Carolina blue to Wolfpack Red?

In announcing its vote Tuesday evening, the North Carolina said the state would go with “Wolfpack Red” in November after going “Tar Heel Blue” four years ago.

The state cast 48 of 55 votes for former Masschusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with the rest going to Texas Gov. Ron Paul. Announcing the vote were party Vice Chairman Wayne King and state Rep. Justin Burr.

Democratic guilty by association at the Capital Grille?

For a time it was a symbol of one of the biggest corruption scandals in North Carolina history: the bathroom at Charlotte's Capital Grille restaurant. That was where prosecutors said then-Democratic House Speaker Jim Black accepted cash bribes from a group of chiropractors.

On Monday, Republicans invoked that rendezvous in attempt to link Lt. Gov. and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Walter Dalton to Democratic corruption.

Former state senator, GOP party leader Bob Shaw dies at 87

Longtime N.C. Sen. Bob Shaw, a former state Republican Party chairman, has died at his home in Guilford County, the Associated Press reported. He was 87.

His wife, Linda, said Sunday that Shaw died Saturday night after being in declining health since October. She says Shaw suffered from dementia.

Shaw served 18 years in the Senate, beginning in 1984. He served as the chamber's GOP leader and also previously served as a Guilford County commissioner. "Senator Shaw was a strong leader in the Republican Party and the conservative movement here in North Carolina," current state party Vice-Chairman Wayne King said in a statement. "Senator Shaw dedicated this life to serving his local community and the entire state of North Carolina. Without the courage and leadership of people like Bob Shaw, the Republican Party in our state would not be where it is today."

Notebook: All political eyes focus on South Carolina

South Carolina is king of the political world at the moment -- and, well, it makes us Old North Staters a bit jealous. Watching Fox News or following @PeterHambyCNN's Twitter page didn't cut it for Wayne King, the vice chairman of the N.C. Republican Party. He lives just seven miles from the state line and spent a few days last week in South Carolina. 

He plans to return Friday for a Rick Santorum event in Spartanburg and stay for the primary contest this weekend. King says he knows Santorum after he came to North Carolina for a party fundraiser in January 2010. He also has attended events for Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, even getting his picture (above, left) in the Myrtle Beach newspaper.

We called King to get his take on GOP politics in the Palmetto State and the campaign implications for North Carolina. An edited interview is below.

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