North Carolina lieutenant governor won’t run for Senate in 2022

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Mark Robinson wins GOP nomination for lieutenant governor, North Carolina. (Photo: NRA / YouTube)

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson says he won’t seek the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in 2022.

Robinson made his announcement late Monday, days after he said in a video he was taking a “serious look” at a bid to succeed retiring Sen. Richard Burr.

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He was just elected in November to a lieutenant governor’s term that runs through 2024.

He said in a news release that he “will strive to honor” his responsibilities and keep his promises.

His decision means that former Gov. Pat McCrory and ex-U.S. Rep. Mark Walker remain the top announced candidates in the GOP field.