UPDATED: Amid the Democratic scramble in the governor's race, another tier of political names are considering a bid to replace Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton in the state's No. 2 post.
Dalton announced Thursday he would seek the governor's mansion. Among the Democratic names being mentioned as possible candidates: former U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham (see below), Sen. Don Vaughn of Greensboro, Sen. Malcolm Graham of Charlotte and former U.S. Senate candidate Ken Lewis. Former state Rep. Linda Coleman is also exploring a run and expects to make a decision next week.