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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina Republican Party is gathering to energize GOP activists heading into a presidential election year that also features a competitive race for governor.

The state party holds its convention beginning Friday in Greensboro.

Two former presidential candidates – former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Texas Gov. Rick Perry – will speak at convention events Saturday. Donald Trump will speak at the Friday evening banquet.

Party business includes voting on a platform, electing delegates to the Republican National Convention and picking two Republican National Committee members.

Republicans also will receive training as they seek to help Mitt Romney win North Carolina’s 15 electoral votes after President Barack Obama narrowly won the state four years ago. Pat McCrory is running again for governor.

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