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Cunningham focuses on Burr, not primary

Posted April 28, 2010

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— Cal Cunningham is the only Democratic candidate in the U.S. Senate race running television ads, and the spots make it seem that he's campaigning in the general election, not next week's primary.

The energetic, 36-year-old former state senator from Lexington criticizes Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr every chance he gets, whether its on television or at meetings of the Democratic Party faithful.

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"I think one of the things that our party is looking for is someone to hold this senator accountable," Cunningham said recently after a meeting with Wake County Democrats.

A recent WRAL News Poll showed Cunningham trailed North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall among likely Democratic voters, 23 to 19 percent, but about a third of voters were undecided.

Cunningham was elected to the state Senate in 2000, and he volunteered for the Army Reserves after 9/11. He served a tour of duty in Iraq, where he was a military prosecutor.

He also studied at the London School of Economics and said he's focused on the economy and job creation.

"This election matters," he said. "We know with the economy the way it is, with the job market and the challenges we face, we're not going to get out of these challenges by accident. We didn't get into them by accident."

Cunningham said he supports President Barack Obama and believes in his mission and vision even as the president's popularity sinks nationwide.

"I intend to work with him. I will be a Democrat who will go to Washington to be part of the solution, and I think he's driving toward solutions as well," he said.


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  • jervin6 Apr 29, 2010

    All I needed to read was a quote that he supports Obama to know he is unqualified.

  • Milkman Apr 29, 2010

    @MarcoPolo, you said a mouthful there. There are three current stories, one about Cunningham, one about Marshall, and one about Basnight's fund raising. And you wonder why there's a Federal Grand Jury looking into the dealings of our former Senator and Governor? Because the media helps get them elected.

  • Bob3425 Apr 29, 2010

    He support Obama, not with my vote.

  • prn13norm Apr 28, 2010

    Does NC really need another Liberal Democrat to assist Obama, Pelosi and Reid on their quest of destroying America?

  • MarcoPolo Apr 28, 2010

    This article states NOTHING. More free publicity for the democrooks from the liberal, biased media.