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Outgoing speaker Hackney is new NC minority leader

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina House Democrats have voted to keep outgoing Speaker Joe Hackney as their leader for another two years even though they are now in the minority.

Democrats elected to the House last month meeting privately Tuesday at the Legislative Building elected Hackney as their minority leader for the next session. Hackney was the only announced candidate for the job.

Hackney served as speaker the past four years, but is on his way out of the post because Republicans won 68 of the 120 seats on Election Day. The Orange County Democrat has attributed the electoral losses to a national wave that swept in Republicans.

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