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Former opponent endorses Marshall in Senate race

Posted May 19, 2010

— Durham attorney Ken Lewis, who finished third in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, on Wednesday will endorse North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall in the race.

Marshall will face former state Sen. Cal Cunningham of Lexington in a June 22 runoff to determine who will face Republican Sen. Richard Burr in November.

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Marshall was the leader in the six-person May 4 primary, with 36 percent of the vote, followed by Cunningham at 27 percent. Lewis finished third at 17 percent.

The runoff was necessary because no candidate garnered at least 40 percent of the vote.

"I have asked Democrats to move away from the sidelines and take a position on who should be the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate. I have asked Democrats to put a stake in the ground for the kind of leadership they want in the Senate. As we approach the runoff election, I can do no less," Lewis said during a Raleigh news conference to announce his support for Marshall.

Marshall didn't back down when the national Democratic Party drafted Cunningham to oppose Burr, Lewis said. She also would provide "a passionate voice for working families" in Washington, D.C., and has the needed broad-based support to win the November election, he said.

The Democratic race has been civil, with candidates choosing to attack Burr instead of each other. That could change in a series of debates between Marshall and Cunningham in the weeks leading up to runoff.


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  • research9 May 20, 2010

    Do not base your decision on if they return your email, but look back through the voting records and decide who you agree with more. Burr is fiscally conservative for the most part, so I'll support him. He voted for the original Fed audit bill (before it was destroyed) and that pretty much won my vote.

  • mep May 19, 2010

    Burr's office has CONSISTANTLY given me prompt detailed responses to any query on a current political topic. Even Burr's staff is up to date on his political viewpoints. Hagens office on the other hand will not reply to e-mails, and her staff can only say "She is considering the matter carefully" in response to any questions. Hagen is a puppet with the DNC controlling her strings, and has no intention of representing NC. Burr is always sticking up for NC, although not everyone agrees with it. Guess that's politics. But handing another Senate seat to the Obama administration is something taxpayers can not afford.

  • OGE May 19, 2010

    Sheep that vote a straight party ticket one way or the other are pitiful! Bless your hearts!

  • OGE May 19, 2010

    Our future really does depend on it!! Richard Burr IS working hard for NC. Contact his office and you will actually get a reply. Contact liberal Kay Hagan's office and you will get no response whatsoever. She was bought and paid for by the liberal Democrats in Washington, another yes vote.

    Burr's office gives nothing but a prepared Republican response to my concerns. I have gotten responses from Hagan and i'll be darned, they don't always jive with how Obama feels.

  • prn13norm May 19, 2010

    Perhaps a full FBI investigation would be appropriate!

  • mootybird May 19, 2010

    Elaine is nothing more than a female Bob Etheridge. They talk a conservative ballgame while in North Carolina, and then vote for every big Wadshington spending bill that Pelosi and Reid come up with. We need to send both of them back to Lillington for retirement.

  • gilabrea May 19, 2010

    Quoting "swinter" He's yet to answer any constituency correspondence in the past 4 years, yet somehow he can send letters begging for campaign contributions.

    I have written to Senators Burr and Hagen many times in the last couple of years. On EVERY occasion I get a response from Senator Burr that is on point and subject. EVERY response from Senator Hagen is a computer form letter that isn't even close to the same subject!

  • veyor May 19, 2010

    NCcarguy - If I had to put a finger on the number one cause of this continuous recession it would be the bailout to the banks. I just talked to a bank executive of a very small local bank. They have assets of 10 million dollars. They were forced to take 20% of their assets in bailout money of 2 million. They were told they couldn't lend any of it, and must keep it in reserve. They are being taxed on it. They would rather pay it back but the regulators would set in on them if they did. Banks can't lend. Until that clears up, we will be in this recession.

  • Sidekick May 19, 2010

    It's all about Elaine. It's all about Elaine. It's all about Elaine. It's all about Elaine. It's all about Elaine. She loves herself so.

  • Squirreling Dervish May 19, 2010

    I absolutely second what nanasix says regarding Adm Diss/failure to file discrepancies regarding annual reports, etc. There is no reason for a company to lapse for so long and not be administratively dissolved. One company out there, I am aware of, has been incorporated for 9 years and never filed another doc, and is still listed as current and active. Has never filed a annual report. The Corporate lapses are hideous. I wouldn't trust her with my lunch money.