- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina House Republicans have accepted into their fold a Democratic lawmaker switching his voter registration to unaffiliated.

Rep. Tim Moore - the expected speaker for the next two years - and Majority Leader Mike Hager announced Friday two-term Rep. Paul Tine of Kitty Hawk has been admitted into the House Republican Caucus. Tine attended the caucus’ closed-door meeting Friday in Raleigh.

Tine announced this week his registration shift and said he had talked to Republican leaders about joining them. Tine has said he could get more things done for his district with the change and felt his positions were increasingly less welcome in the Democratic Party.

The GOP caucus now will include 75 of the chamber’s 120 members in the new session. The legislature convenes Wednesday to choose leaders.

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