Priebus is well-liked by his colleagues and has been largely spared from blame for a disappointing showing in November's election. Thus far, no other prominent Republicans have indicated they plan to challenge his candidacy.

And unlike other states, North Carolina was a bright spot for Republicans in 2012. Despite Democrats choosing Charlotte to host their convention, North Carolina was one of two states that Republicans flipped from 2008, and the most competitive contest where Mitt Romney prevailed. Republicans also picked up three House seats and the governor's office in the state.

— Cameron Joseph contributed.