North Carolina primary voters decide Hagan rival

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina voters are about to decide who they believe can best challenge Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in November.

Tuesday's primary will highlight the struggle for control in the Republican Party as eight candidates run for the GOP nomination in a campaign that could influence the party and the makeup of the U.S. Senate.

Voters' choices include state House Speaker Thom Tillis, tea party favorite Greg Brannon and Baptist minister Mark Harris.

Tillis is the leading GOP primary fundraiser. On Monday, he announced an endorsement from former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has endorsed Brannon, and appeared with him at an election-eve rally in Charlotte. Harris is backed by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

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