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Former opponent to head Marshall's Senate campaign

Posted May 25, 2010 4:28 p.m. EDT
Updated May 25, 2010 4:40 p.m. EDT

— Durham attorney Ken Lewis, who last week endorsed North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall in the U.S. Senate race, on Tuesday joined her campaign as chairman.

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.

Lewis, who finished third in the May 4 Democratic primary, threw his support behind Marshall last week, saying she would provide "a passionate voice for working families" in Washington, D.C., and has the needed broad-based support to win the November election.

"I've gotten to know Elaine over this past year on the campaign trail, and I can tell you she is smart and authentic," Lewis said in a statement Tuesday about his joining her campaign staff. "She's shown the kind of courage and independence needed to take on Washington and fight for the people of North Carolina."