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NC candidate for Congress backs off 'birther' issue

WASHINGTON -- After questioning the authenticity of President Barack Obama's birthplace, North Carolina congressional candidate Richard Hudson now says he's willing to give Hawaii the benefit of the doubt and accept that the president was born in the U.S.

Hudson is the leading Republican in a highly contested two-man runoff with dentist Scott Keadle for the chance to face Democratic Rep. Larry Kissell in November.

Hudson acknowledged that he made a mistake when he told a Tea Party group before the Tuesday primary that "there's no question President Obama is hiding something on his citizenship."

Some critics have alleged for years that Obama was born in Kenya, his father's birthplace. Top Republicans had declared the issue dead last year after the White House released a detailed birth certificate that shows Obama was born in Honolulu.