Republican suspends campaign after Trump backs her opponent.

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North Carolina candidate for Congress suspends campaign days before primary runoff after Trump weighs in

The candidate who finished first in the Republican nomination primary race for a North Carolina congressional seat says she’s suspending her campaign, citing her rival’s endorsement by former President Donald Trump in the runoff election.

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Though Johnston County attorney Kelly Daughtry had the most votes among 14 candidates in the March 5 GOP primary for North Carolina 13th Congressional District, she did not reach the 30% threshold needed to win the primary outright. She and Brad Knott, who finished second and is a former federal prosecutor, had advanced to the scheduled May 14 runoff.

Daughtry said in a social media post that because of Trump has formally backed Knott, “it has become clear that a pathway to victory is no longer feasible.”

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“I believe in the democratic process and respect the endorsement of our President,” Daughtry added.

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