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Mike Huckabee endorses Mark Harris for U.S. Senate

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    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at the Tippecanoe County Right to Life Annual Banquet at the Purdue Memorial Union in West Lafayette, Ind. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/The Journal & Courier, Jamie Lynn Chevillet)
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Mark Harris announces candidacy for U.S. Senate in the Republican primary. He is seeking Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan's seat.

Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has endorsed Charlotte pastor Mark Harris in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

“He’s a true conservative who will join us in fighting against the status quo in Washington,” Huckabee said in a statement. “Americans are looking for leaders who they can trust to place their oath of office above partisan politics by fighting for the Constitution and standing up for what they believe in.

“Mark is the right choice for conservatives and Republicans in North Carolina.”

Both Huckabee and Harris are Baptist ministers. Harris is pastor of Charlotte’s First Baptist Church.

Huckabee is expected to campaign in North Carolina for Harris ahead of the May 6 primary. He could help Harris energize support among social conservatives in the six-way primary.

Harris is competing for the GOP nomination with Ted Alexander of Shelby, Greg Brannon of Cary, Bill Flynn of Kernersville, Heather Grant of Wilkesboro and Thom Tillis of Cornelius.

A former Arkansas governor, Huckabee ran for president in 2008. He finished second in total delegates to Arizona Sen. John McCain.

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