- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - One House term for state Rep. Dan Bishop of Charlotte is enough. Now he wants to move over to the North Carolina Senate.

Bishop announced Monday that he would seek in 2016 the Senate seat currently held by longtime Sen. Bob Rucho of Matthews.

Rucho announced last week that he wouldn’t run for re-election next year. Both Bishop and Rucho are Republicans, and both districts favor the GOP when it comes to voter registration.

Bishop was elected to the House last year, succeeding Ruth Samuelson, who didn’t seek another term.

Bishop’s decision also now means his 104th House District seat will be open next year.

Many incumbents are making their intentions known earlier this election cycle because the primary is March 15, and candidate filing starts Dec. 1.

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