- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A congressman and key General Assembly leaders are atop Jeb Bush’s campaign support group in North Carolina.

The campaign announced Thursday that U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry is chairman of Bush’s 2016 presidential bid in the state. Co-chairmen are state Sens. Tom Apodaca and Brent Jackson, along with state Rep. Charles Jeter.

The “Jeb!2016” campaign also says his steering committee includes Darrell Allison, who leads the school-choice group Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina. Former White House political director Jonathan Felts is the advisor for Bush’s campaign in North Carolina. He recently served as an adviser to Gov. Pat McCrory.

North Carolina is expected to be a key presidential primary state, with the election expected in mid-March.

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