The Associated Press has declared that no candidate has reached the 40% threshold required to win the Democratic Senate primary in North Carolina. That means that the top two winners, secretary of state Elaine Marshall and Iraq War vet Cal Cunningham, will face voters again on June 22.
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Elaine Marshall, who lost her bid for the nomination in 2002, received the most votes, though not enough to win the nomination outright. Cunningham, who had the support of national Democrats, fared more poorly in the contest than his supporters might have hoped, according to early returns. Attorney Ken Lewis, who had the support of many of the state's most prominent African American leaders, failed to break 20% by the time the AP called the race.