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Friday, May 14, 2010

Cunningham vs Marshall: Ugly Political Battle of NC Dem vs Dem Continues

A North Carolina Version Of "Dewey Defeats Truman"?

Earlier in the week, Elaine Marshall's campaign delivered a memo that said there was no way that Cal Cunningham could win the June 22 primary runoff.

It stated, among other things: "In a run-off election, Cal Cunningham has no path to victory."

Now, reports Rob Christensen, the Cunningham campaign has issued its own competing memo entitled: "Dewey Defeats Truman Redux?"

The memo, from Cunningham spokesman Jared Leopold, notes that the Marshall campaign had earlier said it would win the first primary with more than 40 percent of the vote. And it points to a new poll by Public Policy Polling that shows the runoff to be a dead heat.

"For the second time in as many weeks, Elaine Marshall's campaign boldly declared victory – only to be immediately brought down to earth by inconvenient facts," said the Cunningham campaign.

"While Elaine Marshall's campaign chooses to take a second premature victory lap, Cal Cunningham will continue to focus on the issues that matter to North Carolina voters," wrote Leopold.

N.C. Democratic U.S. Senate Candidates Will Debate At WRAL June 10th

North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and former state Sen. Cal Cunningham will debate at WRAL before the June 22 Democratic primary runoff election determines which of them will challenge Republican Richard Burr for his seat in the U.S. Senate.

The debate will air live on WRAL-TV and Thursday, June 10, at 7 p.m.

Neither candidate drew the 40 percent of votes necessary in the May 4 primary to avoid a runoff. Marshall led the six-candidate field with 36 percent, while Cunningham came in second with 27 percent.

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Sources: McClatchy Newspapers, Public Policy Polling, WRAL, Google Maps

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