Secretary Of State Marshall Enters Senate Race

Secretary of State Elaine Marshall is entering the race for U.S. Senate, plotting to unseat Republican Sen. Richard Burr.

Marshall filed paperwork Tuesday to create a campaign committee. Her political consultant, Thomas Mills, said it was time to get started on the campaign to get better leaders to Washington.

Durham lawyer Kenneth Lewis is the only other Democrat to declare candidacy, although others are considering the race.

Marshall unsuccessfully campaigned for U.S. Senate in 2002 but was eliminated the party's primary. Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole went on to claim that seat but lost it last year to Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan.

Marshall was elected secretary of state in 1996.

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