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NC House Republican members seeking leaders' jobs

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina House Republicans are lining up to run for the chamber's top offices and to lead a GOP caucus that grew significantly on Election Day.

Reps. Ruth Samuelson of Charlotte and David Lewis of Dunn each said Thursday they would seek the positions of co-majority leaders for the two-year session beginning in January.

There has usually been only one House majority leader, but GOP members are talking about dividing the job's vast responsibilities. House Republicans will meet Nov. 17 to consider the concept.

Current Majority Leader Paul Stam of Apex said he would run for the chamber-wide position of speaker pro tempore. House Speaker Thom Tillis of Cornelius will seek another two years at the helm.

House Republicans picked up nine seats Tuesday, raising their total to 77.

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