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NC governor candidate McCrory respects Romney

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) -- The leading Republican candidate for North Carolina governor says it's time for Republicans to focus
on defeating President Barack Obama - rather than upon each other - after Mitt Romney swept three presidential primaries earlier this week.

Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory told The Charlotte Observer on Wednesday the former Massachusetts governor "would make an excellent president" but stopped short of telling other GOP presidential hopefuls to drop out.

McCrory said he hasn't yet endorsed Romney but has a great deal of respect for him. The pair served on a federal homeland security advisory council during President George W. Bush's administration.

North Carolina's presidential preference primary is May 8 - the same day McCrory is on the ballot as one of six GOP candidates seeking the gubernatorial nomination.

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

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