North Carolina's campaign season opened at noon with the national debate over the war in Iraq echoing in Tar Heel congressional races.
Two Republican congressional candidates, Joe McLaughlin of Jacksonville and Will Breazeale of Elizabethtown, filed for election against incumbents who they say should be turned out of office for not being sufficiently supportive of the U.S. military effort in Iraq, Rob Christensen reports.
Dozens of candidates lined up in the State Board of Elections for the filling period that opened at noon. They included Democratic Congressman Bob Etheridge, Republican Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry, and Beth Wood, a former CPA in the state auditor's office, who wants to run against her hold boss Les Merritt.
Ronnie Anlsey, a Raleigh attorney, filed as a Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner.
More after the jump.