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FILE - In this July 31, 2014 file photo, Democratic state Sen. Jeff Jackson states his opposition to the proposed budget bill during a Senate session in Raleigh, N.C.  Jackson  has announced he’s running for the U.S. Senate in 2022.  Jackson unveiled his bid on Tuesday, Jan, 26, 2021. He's the second Democrat to enter the race to succeed Republican Sen. Richard Burr, who isn’t seeking reelection. (Chris Seward/The News & Observer via AP)

N. Carolina state Sen. Jeff Jackson enters US Senate race

Jan. 26, 2021 3:51 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina state senator announced Tuesday that he's running for the U.S. Senate in 2022, hoping to flip fortunes for Democrats from his state to serve in the chamber after a string of defeats. Jeff Jackson, a Charlotte business attorney, Afghan war veteran and National Guard...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, file photo, outgoing Senate leader Marc Basnight speaks to reporters in Raleigh, N.C. 
Basnight died Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, at age 73. (Shawn Rocco/The News & Observer via AP, File)

Marc Basnight, longest serving NC Senate leader, dies at 73

Dec. 28, 2020 11:48 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former state Sen. Marc Basnight, a Democrat from North Carolina's barrier islands who became one of North Carolina’s most powerful contemporary political leaders while serving a record 18 years as Senate leader, died Monday. He was 73. Basnight, who was ill for years with what...