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Voller defeats Etheridge for NCDP Chair

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NC Dems tap Pittsboro mayor for state party chair
By GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. — Still reeling from 2012 defeats at the ballot box, North Carolina Democratic activists narrowly elected a small-town mayor as their next leader Saturday after an 11th-hour draft of former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge fell short by a few votes.

Meeting in Durham, the state Democratic Party's executive committee elected Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller by a vote of 309-298 over Etheridge, who wasn't in attendance when his name was placed in nomination. Voller, a favorite of local party activists, vowed during his two-year term to fight to reverse Republican electoral gains and policies.

We are here to win the battle of ideas in our communities, and we're here to win elections," the 44-year-old Voller told committee members...

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