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.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Tom Location: Goldsboro on Sep 9, 2009 at 01:57 PM
    Obama's not running this time Elaine! You don't stand a chance.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Sep 9, 2009 at 01:42 PM
    Wise one, I believe in a balance of power in a two party system. The problem is the liberals (wealthy do gooders) infiltrated the working party. If you realize it, there are several facets of the democratic party. I am true blue. Everytime I hear a liberal on TV, they are either movie stars, rock stars, millionaires and billionairs. There is your shift. The republicans used to be the big buisness and owers of companies. Some of the democrats left the party and joined the repulicans due to their disgust with liberals in the party. I choose to fight.
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Sep 9, 2009 at 01:17 PM
    "Obama Snake Oil Co", maybe you should realign your political party identity with your values. It seems that you should be considered a Republican instead of a Democrat. Were you not made aware of the changes after the 1960s?
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Sep 9, 2009 at 01:11 PM
    let's see, she's a seated politician! That means it would break Buzz's (new) rule Number one, NO INCUMBANTS ALLOWED. Sorry Mr Burr That means YOU TOO! I want absolute new blood, I want politicians walkin' scared of every move. The machine (political)has started to eat itself. Living proof that absolute power corrupts absolutely. I want the political house a rockin' after the next election cycle. Buzz-
  • by Lib Location: Greenville on Sep 9, 2009 at 12:59 PM
    anon - there is also a study that indicates the dems won't lose any but the repubs will lose 4. One of those may be Burr. Burr's approval ratings have been stuck in the mid-30s all year. Granted that he has at least a double-digit lead over dems who have announced so far but the heavy hitters haven't thrown their hats in the ring yet. Be prepared for NC to have 2 democratic senators 14 months from now.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Sep 9, 2009 at 12:29 PM
    Sorry Elaine, Burr seems to be the only guy making any sense in Washington. As a democrat, I will be voting against my party this coming election. Why, I cannot afford your taxes and push in the Federal government. Its over. Same will happen for all the democrat seated, gone, voted out. We are tired of the corruption in Raleigh and the expense of Easleys and Purdue. You are a member of the posterchild democratic party corruption. Apparently, you don't work for us, you work for your party. Sorry, firing all the democrats in my party to make a message, we cannot take it anymore.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Sep 9, 2009 at 11:58 AM
    a new study shows that the dems will lose about 20 seats next year, why would she enter?? i guess if u want ur bubble busted , put your name on the ballot!! i am sure that smile will be a frown next year!
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