Cal Cunningham, a former U.S. Senate candidate, will not seek the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. Cunningham issued a statement Monday saying he is too busy to launch a statewide campaign so late in the game.
"Elizabeth and I did not plan for a campaign this year," Cunningham said in a statement. "After careful reflection, I've concluded we cannot balance our existing professional, financial and family commitments with the full time demands of a statewide campaign at this late hour. The only responsible decision under present circumstances is not to run."
The campaign is wide open after Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton decided to seek the Democratic nomination for governor after the departure of Gov. Bev Perdue from the race.