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Nesbitt steps down as Senate leader for NC Democrats

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

Sen. Dan Blue Jr. has been named head of the North Carolina Senate Caucus for Democrats, replacing Martin Nesbitt, who has a medical condition.

Nesbitt informed his colleagues of a recent medical diagnosis and will step down to seek treatment, he said in a news release.

Senate Democrats then selected Blue as caucus leader.

"After a recent diagnosis, it has become clear that I will need to take some time in the coming weeks and months to focus on my health. However, this year's elections are too important to the future of our great state to not have all hands on deck. I am therefore pleased and proud that my friend, Sen. Dan Blue, Jr., has agreed to lead the Democratic Caucus while I seek further medical treatment," said Nesbitt in a statement.

Nesbitt has been a frequent critic of the McCrory administration and has asked particularly penetrating questions in DHHS hearings.

Blue, in a statement, said he was "deeply sorry to hear of Martin's recent illness."

Blue said, "There is no doubt that the Republican agenda has hurt education, healthcare, and economic opportunity for middle class families and the incredible group of Democratic candidates who filed to run for Senate last week proves that folks are ready for a change."

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