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GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The surge of Republican candidates in North Carolina this year has led to more runoffs next week for statewide and legislative races.

GOP and independent voters who cast Republican primary votes in May get to choose next week between four pairs of candidates seeking the party’s nomination for lieutenant governor, insurance commissioner, secretary of state and superintendent of public instruction.

The superintendent’s race pits Wake County school board member John Tedesco against special education teacher Richard Alexander of Monroe. They differ on whether the job should ultimately remain a statewide elected position. The winner will take on Democrat June Atkinson.

Only one statewide runoff is for a Democratic nomination. John Brooks and Marlowe Foster want to challenge Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry in November.

There are also several legislative runoffs.

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