NCGOP pulls support from District 48 candidate

By: Scott Witten - Editor
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LAURINBURG — The state Republican Party says it plans disassociate from Russell Walker, a candidate House District 48.

On Monday, Walker was asked to leave a Scotland County Republican Party meeting after calling county Chairman Mark Schenck “a phony and a liar.”

Robin Hayes, NCGOP chairman, said Walker, who considers himself “more of an Independent” will get no financial help from the state party or GOP groups in District 48, which includes Scotland and Hoke counties.

“Based on recent behavior and previous statements, the North Carolina Republican Party is unable and unwilling to support the Republican-nominated candidate for North Carolina House District 48,” Hayes said in a statement. “The NCGOP along with our local parties … will be spending our time and resources supporting Republican candidates that better reflect the values of our party.”

Walker defeated John Imbaratto of Laurinburg in Republican primary election with 64.83 percent of the vote. Walker faces incumbent Garland Pierce in November.

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Scott Witten

Editor