Saturday, June 13, 2015

North Carolina GOP elects 1st black chairman

The North Carolina Republican Party elected its first black chairman Saturday in an upset victory over the candidate backed by Gov. Pat McCrory and other top leaders in the GOP establishment.

Hasan Harnett of Harrisburg won the vote of Republican activists at the state GOP convention over Craig Collins of Gastonia. No vote was announced, although the roll call from North Carolina's 100 counties showed Harnett receiving 700 votes to 562 for Collins before Collins asked delegates from the convention floor to elect Harnett to a two-year term.