North Carolina primaries now on March 15 with bill signing

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Pat McCrory has signed into law a bill moving all of North Carolina’s primaries next year to March 15, including the political parties’ presidential contests.

McCrory announced his action Wednesday evening. He signed the bill after changes he sought to the legislation were added to another bill finalized by the General Assembly early Wednesday morning before lawmakers adjourned for the year.

McCrory and state Republican activists had raised concerns about provisions unrelated to the primary dates but involved campaign finance. The bill created “affiliated party committees” that can raise money for party candidates without going through the state party operations.

The signed bill means the candidate filing period for all races – governor, U.S. Senate, Congress, the General Assembly and judges among them – begins Dec. 1.

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