Marshall Defeats Burr, NC Has Two Democratic Senators

A blog entry on the NC senate race may be a bit outside the scope for the OP but I have been so encouraged by the recent polling data showing both Marshall and Cunningham in statistical ties with Burr and with low approval rating for Burr thatI was inspired to write this entry.  The title is just vision for a newspaper headline on an enjoyable Wednesday morning next November. 

I personally have been supporting Elain Marshall since the day she announced and think she will be a great senator for NC.  I recently recieved an e-mail from her campaign lamenting that Cal Cunningham did not drop out.  I think there may be an upside from the run off in that it will generate extra local and national press coverage.  It reminds me a bit of the discussion of the Clinton-Obama primary contest.  Many people were calling for Clinton to drop out so that Obama could focus on November.  However, the primary contest generated a lot of interest and in the end, Obama won.

 However wins the run-off next month I hope you will all join me in GOTV efforts next fall.  We have a really strong change to put NC firmly in the blue with to democratic senators.



I voted for Marshall, but I think either candidate would have a good chance to beat Burr.  I noticed DG Martin in the CH News also made the case that the runoff could be beneficial to the eventual nominee. To bring a local slant to this topic (and keep Jeff out of trouble with Ruby), I thought the Orange County results in the Senate primary were interesting.  While Marshall was viewed by some as the more progressive candidate, her winning margin in OC (6%) was less than the statewide margin (9%).  Cunningham won 11 of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro precincts.  Could it be that OC citizens knew more about Cunningham compared to folks around the state and when his name recognition increases in the next few weeks, he'll be more competitive against Marshall? 

I think his numbers were better here because of that - and pulled from Marshall.


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