Robert Pittenger is resigning his state Senate seat, so he can spen more time on his campaign for lieutenant governor.
Pittenger, a Charlotte businessman, said he had sent a letter resigning from his Senate seat, Rob Christensen reports.
"I want to thank the people of the 39th Senate district for allowing me to represent them and serve in the North Carolina Senate," Pittenger said in a statement. "It's been a very worthwhile experience."
Pittenger, a Republican, faces a fellow senator, Democrat Walter Dalton of Rutherfordton in the November election. Pittenger was first elected to the Senate in 2002, and quickly established a reputation as an outspoken conservative.