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Candidate names filed ahead of NC presidential primary, majority in Libertarian party

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- More than half of the candidates expected
on North Carolina's presidential primary ballots in May come from
the Libertarian Party.

The three parties recognized by the state had until today to
file letters with the State Board of Elections to identify their
candidates for the May 8th presidential preference primary.

The Democrats have one candidate in, President Barack Obama. The
state Republican Primary named four candidates - Newt Gingrich, Ron
Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

The North Carolina Libertarian Party listed six candidates -
Roger Gary, R.J. Harris, Gary Johnson, Carl Person, Bill Still and
Lee Wrights. The party says it would mark the first time it has had
a presidential primary in North Carolina.

The State Board of Elections is expected to formally approve the
candidates next month.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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