NC board reverses ruling in candidate criterion

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The State Board of Elections has decided a former state senator doesn't meet residency qualifications to run this year in a Senate district covering all or parts of five eastern North Carolina counties.

The board reversed unanimously Friday the ruling of a multi-county hearing board last month that found Tony Moore met the one-year residency requirement for the seat. Moore has been running against another former senator - Don Davis of Greene County - in the May 8 Democratic primary. A local resident filed the challenge.

Moore told The Daily Reflector of Greenville (http://bit.ly/KiCROz ) he'll keep campaigning and will appeal the board's decision to the state Court of Appeals. His name will remain on the primary ballot.

No Republican filed to run for the seat.

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