RALEIGH, WAKE COUNTY - Most hopefuls for North Carolina office are down to the final hours to enter the 2014 elections or wait to see if they avoid campaign rivals.
The three-week filing period for candidates from official political parties ends at midday Friday at the State Board of Elections and at elections offices in all 100 counties.
Some highly publicized races are already quite full. Eleven people had filed by late Thursday for the U.S. Senate seat that Kay Hagan wants to keep.
Another 11 want to succeed retiring 6th District Rep. Howard Coble.
Entering Friday, no one had run to challenge 9th District Rep. Robert Pittenger. And Supreme Court Justice Mark Martin was unopposed to run for chief justice.
Unaffiliated and write-in candidates still can get in races later.
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