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Democrats will have a primary to decide who should challenge Dole

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RALEIGH (AP) -- North Carolina Democrats have been looking for someone -- anyone -- to challenge Senator Elizabeth Dole in 2008. Governor Mike Easley and Representative Brad Miller were among the many who either didn't seriously consider a run, or decided against challenging the well-known, well-funded incumbent. Now, several Democrats have stepped forward. State Senator Kay Hagan of Greensboro is a political veteran who is already touting her experience. And Chapel Hill corporate financial adviser Jim Neal, a political newcomer, has already galvanized party liberals with his willingness to candidly discuss his homosexuality. Hagan, Neal and trucker Duskin Lassiter will face off in a May primary. (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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