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Choices, choices…but not many voters

Democratic voters across North Carolina have the opportunity to decide today who they want to face U.S Senator Richard Burr in November.

Elaine Marshall and Cal Cunningham spent Monday trying to convince would-be voters that they had the strongest chance for winning the seat. Still after the debates, the mailers, and the last-minute automated calls, election officials says voter apathy may be the big winner by the end of the day.

It’s estimated that only 100,000 to 150,000 people may actually participate in the Senate runoff. Early voting garnered about 38,000 ballots cast.

In the 8th Congressional District, Tim D’Annunzio faces former Charlotte sportscaster Harold Johnson. D’Annunzio, a self-described religious zealot who once called the U.S. government the Antichrist,has spent more than $1.2 million of his own money countering charges that he is “unfit” for office. The winner will face Democrat Rep. Larry Kissell, who voted against the health care bill.

In the Republican runoff in the 13th District, voters have the choice between magazine publisher Bernie Reeves and retired Navy officer Bill Randall. Randall found himself backtracking recently over his statements that “there was some sort of collusion” between BP and the government that allowed the Gulf Coast oil spill to happen. The winner in the 13th moves on to face Democrat Rep. Brad Miller.

And finally down in South Carolina, Republican Nikki Haley is the heavy favorite to win the runoff for her party’s nomination in the gubernatorial race.  Haley has spent the past month battling allegations of marital infidelity and questions about her religious beliefs. Her strongest opponent, Rep. Gresham Barrett, has repeatedly had to explain to voters that he made the right choice in supporting the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Polls in North Carolina will be open until 7:30 p.m.

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