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GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) _ Republicans won rare control of the North Carolina House on Friday after recounts upheld GOP victories over two incumbent Democrats.

Democrat Phil Baddour, the House majority leader since 1999, lost to Republican Louis Pate after a hand recount in Wayne County gave Pate a 174-vote victory.

A machine recount confirmed Republican Michael Gorman had defeated Democratic incumbent Alice Underhill.

Republicans will have a 61-59 edge over Democrats in the House starting in January. Since 1899, the Republicans have controlled the chamber for only four years, all in the 1990s.