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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina U.S. Senate candidate the Rev. Mark Harris has received the endorsement of Mike Huckabee in the Republican primary.

Harris announced Thursday the support of Huckabee, an ex-Arkansas governor, 2008 presidential hopeful and radio and TV show host. Huckabee is a favorite among Christian conservatives in the Republican Party.

A statement from Harris' campaign quoted Huckabee calling Harris a true conservative who will fight against the status quo in Washington.

Harris most recently has been pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte. Huckabee is a former minister. Both have been Baptist state convention presidents.

Huckabee's wife helped raise money for Harris' bid a couple of months ago.

At least six candidates are seeking the GOP nomination to take on Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in the fall.

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