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NC Republicans could see contested prez primary

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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina Republicans are looking more likely to get their chance to help choose a presidential nominee after Super Tuesday failed to materialize as the clincher for front-runner Mitt Romney.

State Republican leaders and activists say signs point to a contested North Carolina's May 8 presidential preference primary. Tuesday's primary and caucus results in ten states don't appear to have been decisive enough to trim the current field of four candidates led by Romney.

North Carolina GOP members haven't played a significant role in choosing a nominee since 1976.

Republican consultant Paul Shumaker isn't working for any of the presidential candidates. Shumaker says a contested primary could give a bump to the eventual primary winner like it did for Barack Obama in the North Carolina Democratic primary four years ago.

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

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