by Bob Geary
Marshall and Cunningham are scheduled for two debates. Cal could gain some ground there, maybe. But otherwise, Lewis's decision is the big news of the runoff campaign, and it's an Elaine home run.
Here's the statement from the Marshall campaign.
LEWIS ENDORSES MARSHALL
On the steps of the state capitol, former U. S. Senate candidate Ken Lewis threw his full support behind Secretary of State Elaine Marshall in the runoff election to determine the Democratic nominee for U. S. Senate. Lewis was the third place finisher in the May primary and his endorsement gives Marshall the momentum going toward the June 22 runoff.
“I am impressed by the conviction and courage Secretary of State Marshall has shown in this race,” said Lewis. “Secretary Marshall has shown the kind of courage, strength and independence needed to create change in Washington and fight for the people of North Carolina.”
Lewis, an attorney from Chapel Hill, is seen as a rising star in North Carolina politics. His outsider campaign surprised political pundits when he carried 17% of the vote in a six way primary. He won Durham and three eastern counties. He also placed second to Marshall in Charlotte and counties throughout the northeast part of the state. His endorsement will give Marshall a strong advantage in those areas.
“I am humbled and honored to receive Ken’s support and endorsement,” said Marshall. “He brought real excitement into this race and always focused on the issues important to North Carolina. The combination of our organizations will build a powerful movement that leads us to victory in November.”