U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry on Thursday was named chair of Republican Jeb Bush’s North Carolina presidential campaign.
And state Rep. Charles Jeter of Huntersville was named a co-chair along with Sens. Tom Apodaca of Hendersonville and Brent Jackson of Sampson County.
Jonathan Felts, a former senior adviser to Gov. Pat McCrory, is the state campaign adviser.
The General Assembly is expected to move the state’s presidential primary to March 15, almost two months earlier than usual.
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McHenry of Denver represents the 10th Congressional District. He’s the Republicans’ chief deputy whip in the House.
“Gov. Bush’s clear, conservative vision for greater American prosperity leaves me no doubt he is the best candidate to win North Carolina in March, again in November, and ensure a Republican is returned to the White House,” McHenry said in a statement.
Said Jeter: “Jeb Bush is ready to lead from day one and that is what America needs.”