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Democrats present united front for Senate race

Posted June 23, 2010

— Two vanquished Democrats joined North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall Wednesday to present a united front for the party as the race for the U.S. Senate begins in earnest.

Marshall defeated former state Sen. Cal Cunningham in a Tuesday runoff to claim the Democratic nomination and will face Republican Sen. Richard Burr in the November general election.

Cunningham and Durham attorney Ken Lewis, who finished third in the May primary and later became Marshall's campaign chairman, joined forces in a unity rally Wednesday to generate momentum for the fall campaign.

"If anyone has any question about the grit and the determination and the hard work of Ms. Marshall, take it from me, she's tough," Cunningham said with a laugh.

Marshall told cheering supporters how the Democrats share a bond with trying to help the people of North Carolina.

"We understand their hopes and their dreams. We also understand their frustrations," she said. "It is time that Washington gets its priorities straight."

Election 2010 logo Democrats present united front for Senate race

Burr said he and Marshall have vastly different ideas, giving North Carolinians a clear-cut choice in November. He said he would run on his record of less spending, smaller government and lower taxes.

"I think that the voters of North Carolina are the ones that will make a decision which candidate best reflects their vision of where America goes," Burr said.

Burr, Marshall and Libertarian Senate candidate Michael Beitler will meet in Wilmington Saturday for a candidates forum at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Watch the Senate candidates forum live on WRAL.com at 11 a.m. Saturday. The form also will air on WRAL-TV at 1 p.m. Sunday.


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  • Greg1968 Jun 24, 2010

    To whatusay - There's some airlines having a special right now. Why don't you check them out so you can get a good deal.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Jun 24, 2010

    WRAL seems to be orgasmic about this topic.

  • UNC006 Jun 24, 2010

    Wow, it sounds like someone trying to push the Dems over that ole Burr guy...

  • jet2rdu Jun 24, 2010

    The American people’s faith in this government and this President will be apparent on the night of the November 2nd elections. Let's hope the MSM cheerleaders have enough boxes of tissues to last the night.

    As long as Democrats seeking re-election or new seats in Congress, like Marshall here in NC, keep pandering to their far left and support their current business destructive agendas by following directions from their leadership rather than those whom they should represent, Sen. Burr should be easily re-elected and we will get to see that many NC Democrat members of the House of Representatives will finally get to enjoy their long overdue retirements this coming January.

  • working for deadbeats Jun 24, 2010

    Enjoy being united for now. In November you'll wish you hadn't followed Obama like baby ducks.

  • MarcoPolo Jun 23, 2010

    Of course they are lockstep.

    Hagan votes on Democrat congressional bills that she hasn't even read.

    The machine that democrooks have in nc is tied in with the DNC. These Democrook politicians get PAID.

  • rand321 Jun 23, 2010

    Given the latest NBC polls, Obama is in league with GW Bush on how satisfied Americans are with how he is leading the country. If Marshall wants a chance to beat Burr, they had better stand up for what for NC values and not the liberal Obama Pelosi ones!

  • whatusay Jun 23, 2010

    If NC elects a democrat in November I am leaving NC forever...NC has become a welfare state, that's the only reason a democrat will win.