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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A leading public employee group in North Carolina will not endorse a candidate for governor in the Democratic primary.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported the North Carolina Association of Educators officially will stay out of the May primary race.

Teachers’ group executive director Scott Anderson said the group’s reluctance can be attributed to the shorter primary race and the lack of time to complete the endorsement process. Anderson said several Democratic candidates are acceptable to the lobbying group. The group endorsed Gov. Bev Perdue in the 2008
Democratic primary. She is not seeking re-election.

A political committee of the State Employees Association of North Carolina also has not endorsed a primary candidate.

Association leader Dana Cope says the panel could do so when it meets March 31.

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


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