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Dems try to mobilize aloof voters for runoff

Posted June 21, 2010

— The two North Carolina Democrats seeking the nomination for U.S. Senate on Monday turned their attention away from each other and toward the task of attracting aloof voters to the polls.

Elaine Marshall and Cal Cunningham capped their months of campaigning with trips to phone banks Monday. Marshall was making calls from her campaign headquarters in Raleigh, and Cunningham was capping a trip across the state with a final set of calls from Wilmington.

The vote on Tuesday will decide who challenges Republican Sen. Richard Burr in November, but voters appear uninterested in the results, with only 38,000 turning out in early balloting.

Marshall, the top vote-getter in the May primary, visited Wilson, Fayetteville and Raleigh on Monday, while Cunningham, who finished second in the six-person race, was in Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Raleigh.

The Senate race tops the ballot that will also settle three Republican primaries for Congress and a Democratic race for state Senate.

In the congressional races, Bernie Reeves and Bill Randall, both of Raleigh, will face off in the 13th Congressional District, with the winner facing Democratic Congressman Brad Miller in November. Also, Harold Johnson of Concord and Tim D'Annunzio of Raeford will compete for the right to face Democratic 8th District Congressman Larry Kissell.


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  • com_mon_sents Jun 22, 2010

    Marshall is even desperate enough that now she is agreeing with NAACP with their fight against the WCPSS's board. If I were her, I wouldn't put my name into the middle of that. Like another poster said...she's going to get slapped right into retirement!

  • oleguy Jun 21, 2010

    Yep I got a phone call also,,, I hate these tela marketers inclouding politicans,,,, I dont like Burr either.

    We have no choice worth voting for

  • BeenHereSince67 Jun 21, 2010

    Where do these two candidates stand on the problem of Illegal Aliens? That's the one and only criteria I'm going to use for this fall's elections.

    Are there ANY moderate Dems out there who will stand up for America and Americans on this issue and against the Ultra-Left Party leadership?! I predict that by election time this fall, this pot will have been stirred quite a bit, and will be one of the major questions asked of wanna-be politicians.

    We're listening ...

  • rand321 Jun 21, 2010

    If Cunningham was serious about beating Burr, he would have not called for the run off! Just another polished OFA Obama picked candidate that is like a newer version of John edwards.

  • hpr641 Jun 21, 2010

    You know, turnout will be so light, a write-in candidate could win ... of course, the NC Dems. (just like in SC) would call the win illegit and try to throw it out.

    Cal & Elain: You really want people to come out to vote for you (when your election is the only one on the ballot)? Then, you should've given people a reason to want to do so.

  • Pulling for the Tarheels Jun 21, 2010

    I'm SO tired of the robo-telephone calls. I'll be SO glad when this is over!

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Jun 21, 2010

    You have proof it wasn't?

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Jun 21, 2010

    I wonder how much they'll be willing to pay this time?

  • ratherbnnc Jun 21, 2010

    I don't get to vote for Reeves/Randall, but Randall would be my choice.

    Oh yeah Randall! The one that said last week that the Gulf Oil Spill was a conspiracy between Obama and BP...Hmmmmmm

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Jun 21, 2010

    ah who?