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Gardner backs Gurley for lt. gov.

Wake County commissioner Tony Gurley has picked up the endorsement of former Lt. Gov. Jim Gardner in his bid to win the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor.

Gardner, a Rocky Mount businessman, said he was making a rare entry into Republican primary politics, but said he liked the idea that Gurley, a pharmacy owner, had a background in business.

"Frankly, I can't think of anyone more prepared to serve as North Carolina's lieutenant governor,” Gardner writes in a fund raising letter. “Tony Gurley has a unique blend of experience in government and business. We cannot afford another four years of liberal Democrats killing jobs. And Republicans  can't afford to nominate a candidate who needs on the job training.”

Gurley faces Dan Forest, a Raleigh architect.  The winner will face Democratic incumbent Walter Dalton.

Gardner, a former congressman and former state party chairman, is a three-time candidate for governor. He was an early leader in building the Republican Party in North Carolina in the 1960s and the 1970s.

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