The NCAE announced that 83 percent of its membership voted to ratify the endorsement recommendation of its government relations committee, Rob Christensen reports.
"Cal Cunningham is clearly the candidate who will fight for public education in North Carolina as a U.S. Senator," said Sheri Strickland, NCAE president. The committee had recommended backing Cunningham in the May 4th primary by an 18-1 vote.
Meanwhile, Gantt, the two-time Senate Democratic nominee, backed Lewis.
“I told Ken, to show me a campaign that can win not just in May but in November and I would get behind that campaign 100 percent,” Gantt said in a statement. “Today, Ken Lewis has proven that he can mount such a campaign and finish the job we started two decades ago.”