NC Democrats preach unity as convention draws near

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Democratic leaders say recent divisions are fading as their party’s national convention is set to begin Tuesday in Charlotte.

It’s been a contentious year within the party, with top elected officials calling on Chairman David Parker to resign following a harassment scandal at party headquarters.

Local activists voted to keep Parker on the job. Gov. Beverly Perdue also surprised supporters and opponents by announcing she wouldn’t run for re-election, setting in motion a six-way primary.

Party leaders are preaching harmony in advance of the convention. About 35,000 people are coming to see President Barack Obama accept his party’s nomination.

North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall had called for Parker’s resignation, but says the focus has always been about keeping the state Democratic blue for president and governor.

Credit: The Associated Press.