NORTH CAROLINA -

A three-time candidate for statewide office in North Carolina and a retired physician have added their names to the list of candidates seeking Democrat Kay Hagan's U.S. Senate seat this year.

Lexington attorney Jim Snyder turned in his candidacy papers Tuesday for the Republican nomination, followed later in the day by Dr. Edward Kryn of Clayton. They brought the number of Republicans officially in the race to six.

Snyder ran for the U.S. Senate in 2002, losing in the primary to eventual general election victor Elizabeth Dole. He won the GOP primary for lieutenant governor in 2004 but ultimately lost to Democrat Beverly Perdue. He ran for the same job in 2008 but finished second in the primary.

Kryn is originally from Canada but is now an American citizen.