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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — The pastor of a large Charlotte church who is also president of the North Carolina Baptist State Convention says he’s prayerfully considering a 2014 bid for the US Senate seat held by Democrat Kay Hagan.

The Rev. Mark Harris of First Baptist Church told The Charlotte Observer on Monday he’s listening to those who want him to run for the Republican nomination. Hagan is seeking re-election.

About 70 people from 20 counties backing Harris met last week in Charlotte.

Harris was a high-profile supporter of the constitutional amendment approved last year that limits marriage to a man and a woman.

Dr. Greg Brannon of Cary already has announced his GOP candidacy. Other Republicans considering bids include House Speaker Thom Tillis, Senate leader Phil Berger and US Rep. Renee Ellmers.

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