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Berry won’t run for US Senate against Hagan

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry says she will pass on a chance to run for Kay Hagan’s US Senate seat next year because she does not want to leave the state and loves her current job.

Berry told The Associated Press on Wednesday that many people had asked her to consider challenging Hagan but even more wanted her to stay where she is. The Catawba County Republican was first elected labor commissioner in 2000 and is now in her fourth term.

Berry is one of several Republicans who’ve been considering whether to challenge Hagan, the Democratic incumbent. Berry has statewide name recognition in part because the inspection paperwork that every elevator must display includes her photo.

Cary physician Greg Brannon is the only Republican who’s publicly entered the race.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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