Former U.S. Sen. Lauch Faircloth is backing Tony Gurley in the race for Lt. Governor.
"Tony will provide the conservative leadership and vision that we need in Raleigh right now," said Faircloth, a Republican who served in the U.S. Senate from 1993 to 1999.
Gurley, a Wake County commissioner, faces state Rep. Dale Folwell and architect Dan Forest in the race for the GOP nomination.
UPDATE: Faircloth also endorsed Richard Hudson in the 8th Congressional District primary, where Republicans six are running.
"Richard Hudson has been a leader in the conservative movement in North Carolina for more than 15 years," Faircloth said in a statement. "He will be an effective conservative congressman."