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N.C. Baptist Chief Harris Looking At U.S. Senate Bid

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Screen capture of Rev. Mark Harris of First Baptist Church. (Credit:

Screen capture of Rev. Mark Harris of First Baptist Church. (Credit:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The pastor of a large Charlotte church who is also president of the North Carolina Baptist State Convention says he’s prayerfully considering a 2014 bid for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Kay Hagan.

The Rev. Mark Harris of First Baptist Church told The Charlotte Observer on Monday ( ) he’s listening to those who want him to run for the Republican nomination. Hagan is seeking re-election.

About 70 people from 20 counties backing Harris met last week in Charlotte.

Harris was a high-profile supporter of the constitutional amendment approved last year that limits marriage to a man and a woman.

Dr. Greg Brannon of Cary already has announced his GOP candidacy. Other Republicans considering bids include House Speaker Thom Tillis, Senate leader Phil Berger and U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers.

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