From the News and Observer:
Senate Democratic leader Martin Nesbitt, the voice of the opposition in a chamber dominated by Republicans, is stepping down from his post, citing a “recent medical diagnosis.”
Raleigh state Sen. Dan Blue, a former House speaker, will take the helm in his absence, elected by a unanimous vote Monday, according to a statement.
Nesbitt’s illness was not disclosed but it will require treatments that will take him away from the job, the statement said.
“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,” Nesbitt said in a statement. “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.”