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Berger unopposed in bid to remain state Senate leader

Phil Berger of Eden is on the way to remain the North Carolina Senate's top leader for another two years.

Incumbents and newly elected Republican senators meeting Tuesday in Raleigh nominated Berger for the post of Senate president pro tempore. A spokesman for the Senate Republican Caucus said Berger faced no opposition.

The actual chamber election will be in January, but Berger is expected to win because the GOP will have at least 32 of the 50 votes.

Berger is an attorney who joined the Senate in 2001 and was first elected Senate leader in January 2011.

The caucus also nominated Sen. Louis Pate of Mount Olive as deputy president. Members also re-elected Sen. Harry Brown of Jacksonville as majority leader and Sen. Jerry Tillman of Archdale as majority whip.

Reported by The Associated Press


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