Another Democrat is in the running to become North Carolina's governor -- though he only joined the party a month or so ago.
Dennis Nielsen is a retired Air Force colonel who lives in Nash County. The 60-year-old describes himself as politically conservative -- in fact, he ran for the state Senate three years ago as a Republican. Nielsen signed up as a Democrat in September, and says he quit the GOP because the party didn't support his earlier campaign.
Nielsen says, if elected, he would push to exempt older residents from all property taxes on their homes and to let parents use taxpayer money to send children to private schools.
Nielsen says he intends to spend less than $10,000 on his campaign. The other two major Democratic candidates -- Lieutenant Governor Beverly Perdue and State Treasurer Richard Moore -- have raised millions of dollars.