by Joe Schwartz
Elaine Marshall and Cal Cunningham have both picked up key endorsements in the Democratic primary race for the U.S. Senate.
Marshall, who serves as secretary of state, garnered support from the Black Political Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg on Sunday. The group is the largest African American political organization in the North Carolina, according to a press release announcing the endorsement.
"I am honored and humbled by their endorsement," Marshall said in the release. “For over 40 years, the Black Political Caucus has been an important voice for justice and equality.”
Cunningham now can count retired Gen. Wesley Clark among his advocates. Clark, who ran for president in 2004 and served 34 years in the military, wrote in a letter that he supports Cunningham because of his military service, and his pledge to reduce dependence on foreign oil and end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
"Cal Cunningham has seen war with his own eyes. He's earned a Bronze Star cracking down on contractor crimes in Iraq, taking on some of the most powerful corporations on earth," the letter reads.
"He's ready for this fight, too, and I'm confident he can beat Richard Burr this November."
Each is running against four other candidates, including Chapel Hill attorney Ken Lewis, who last week added Durham Mayor Bill Bell to his list of supporters.
The primary is on May 4.