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Lt. Gov. Dalton filing for empty governor seat

DURHAM, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s lieutenant governor is stepping up to run for the top job.

Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton is planning to file documents Tuesday to become an official candidate and kicking-off his campaign for governor in Durham. Durham Mayor Bill Bell is listed as one of those attending a rally in that city to support Dalton’s candidacy.

Dalton is a former small-town lawyer from Rutherfordton, in western North Carolina. He served six, two-year terms in the state Senate before becoming the understudy to Gov. Bev Perdue almost four years ago.

State Rep. Bill Faison of Orange County, Gary Dunn of Matthews, and Gardenia Henley of Winston-Salem have filed as official candidates for the May primary. Former US Rep. Bob Etheridge also said he’s running.

Republican Pat McCrory has filed.

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

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