Harris to announce North Carolina Senate run Wednesday

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He could be the toughest opponent to the front-runner to the GOP nomination, state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R). Tillis begins the race with a huge cash advantage and establishment support, however, and it's unclear whether Harris will be able to raise the money to be competitive in the race.

Tea Party-backed Dr. Greg Brannon (R) is also in the race, and announced he raised $150,000 in the last quarter, enough to make some noise in the primary.

Harris has long been expected to run against Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), He started a "listening tour" on the race early last summer and told supporters a month ago that he was likely to run.

The race is key to GOP hopes to retake the Senate — many Republicans believe whoever wins North Carolina will hold Senate control. 

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