Blount to step down as GOP chairman after election

(Raleigh, NC-AP) November 7, 2006 - State Republican Party chairman Ferrell Blount will step down from his post after Election Day.

The party released a letter this evening from Blount, a Pitt County farmer who became chairman in August 2003. The letter says Blount will offer his resignation to party officials on Thursday.

Blount says he has been encouraged to run for office, but he wouldn't say which one. He says he'll deliberate over his future plans during the holidays.

Blount led the party through a successful 2004 election season that saw President Bush winning North Carolina's 15 electoral votes and Richard Burr taking John Edwards' vacant US Senate seat. But he was also at the helm while conservative and moderate Republicans fought in the state House over the party's direction, leading to heated primary battles in 2004 and 2006.

Posted 8:36pm by Chantelle Janelle