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Berger to announce Senate intentions on Monday

Posted September 20, 2013

— North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger will fish or cut bait Monday regarding a run for U.S. Senate.

A member of Berger's political staff told WRAL News Friday that the Senate president pro tem will make a formal announcement as to whether he will enter the Republican primary for U.S. Senate next spring.

Berger, R-Rockingham, has flirted with a Senate run for months but has never definitively said whether he plans to pursue a spot on Capitol Hill or remain in charge of the state Senate.

If he throws his hat in the ring, he will go up against House Speaker Thom Tillis and two conservative candidates, Cary obstetrician Dr. Greg Brannon and the Rev. Mark Harris of Charlotte, the president of the Baptist State Convention.

The winner of the Republican primary would likely face Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan in November 2014.

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  • retiredn42 Sep 23, 2013

    Harris, Grant and O'Neal will all be speaking this Saturday at the 3rd Annual Constitution Day rally being held at Jomeokee Amphitheater in Pinnacle, NC just 15 minutes north of Winston-Salem off of US 52. It's open to the public and admission is free. Begins at 10:30 am and lasts until about 5 pm. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest will also be speaking along with many other local, state, regional and national activist and public figures.

  • retiredn42 Sep 23, 2013

    Grant and O'Neal are both running as Republicans, according to their Facebook posts and campaign websites.

  • wildpig777 Sep 23, 2013

    republican/democrat/democrat/republican/republican/democrat-
    --ah, I gotta ask the question--IS THERE A DIFFERENCE? if there is I cant see it..........

  • Rebelyell55 Sep 23, 2013

    Heather Grant and Justin O'Neal who are also running.

    retiredn42
    September 23, 2013 9:00 a.m........On what ticket?

  • retiredn42 Sep 23, 2013

    I also noted that the article did not mention two other candidates, Heather Grant and Justin O'Neal who are also running.

  • retiredn42 Sep 23, 2013

    The variable in the equation remains with who Governor McCrory will endorse in order to stay relevant as the defacto leader of the GOP in NC. Berger moved the same set of bills through the Senate as went through the House with much less fanfare and partisan wrangling, and even less negative press coverage than Tillis. Politics is both art and science. The politician is the master of the science and the statesman is master of the art. If Berger makes his decision and lacks the support some comments below suggest, then he is running mainly on ego and will fail. But if his avoidance of fanfare extends to this decision, then we should not be surprised if he jumps in with a broad base of support that steps up to back him. Brannon and Harris are wildcards in this race since they have a stronger connection to the conservative grassroots movement in NC, even though Harris has the backing of former NC GOP Chair Robin Hayes. Too early to call in my book.

  • Sally1023 Sep 20, 2013

    Run Berger, run. You have done such an outstanding job sticking it to those NC takers!

  • wildpig777 Sep 20, 2013

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    Wow, this has been posted for almost 2 hours and no comments. Berger, this about how much support you'll get in a statewide race, take a hint. You would be an embarrassment to NC. There are many more qualified Republicans who can run against Hagan.

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    I second that emotion.

  • lovelarvae Sep 20, 2013

    It would be interesting to see a Berger vs. Tillis primary, though.

  • Inside The Beltline Sep 20, 2013

    Wow, this has been posted for almost 2 hours and no comments. Berger, this about how much support you'll get in a statewide race, take a hint. You would be an embarrassment to NC. There are many more qualified Republicans who can run against Hagan.

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