Democratic Senate candidate Elaine Marshall was to have made 10 campaign stops from Winston-Salem to Lumberton Saturday, urging her supporters to work harder and criticizing Republican Sen. Richard Burr.
“The choice could not be clearer for the people of North Carolina,” Marshall told about three dozen campaign volunteers at a Democratic headquarters in Raleigh Saturday afternoon.
“I've taken on special interests, and he's taken from special interests,” Marshall said, alluding to her own record as secretary of state.
“If you want somebody who will stand up for the rank and file, for the middle class folks of America and North Carolina, those who are seeing the American dream slip through their fingertips, you need to talk on that telephone and get people out to vote.”
Marshall said Burr sees nothing wrong with the way Wall Street and BP operate and is willing takes their contributions. He voted 20 times for tax policies that reward companies that ship jobs overseas, she said.
She said North Carolina Democrats are doing “better than any place in the country” in turning out their voters.
“We have won October, but we also have to win November,” Marshall said.
Marshall campaign aides said that when early voting closed Saturday there were long lines in Democratic neighborhoods in Durham and Raleigh.
Early voting as of Friday showed that of the 862,126 people who voted, 46 percent were Democrats, 37 percent were Republicans and 17 percent were unaffiliated. About 20 percent of the voters were African-American, which if that trend were to continue would be in the high range, although below the 23 percent that turned out in the 2008 election to vote for Barack Obama for president.
Lindsay Siler, director of Organizing for America, the old Obama netowork, said the North Carolina Democrats had put together the most extensive volunteer effort ever seen in a mid-term election here.
Burr, meanwhile, was campaigning in the western part of the state with stops in Pinehurst, Stanly County, Monroe, Cornelius, Catawba and Lincolnton.