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NC candidate filing ends; 26 running for US Senate seat

North Carolina candidate filing appears over for this year’s party primaries. The State Board of Elections and county election offices accepted paperwork from political hopefuls until noon Friday. Voters this fall will choose a successor to retiring U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, as well as elect the state’s U.S. House members, the General Assembly, judges and scores of local positions. Candidates who face no opposition in the May 17 primary automatically advance to the Nov. 8 general election. Twenty-six people signed up to run for Burr’s seat. Candidate filing was broken into two sections, with state redistricting litigation in between.