Cal Cunningham preparing for 2020 lieutenant governor bid

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A former North Carolina state legislator and U.S. Senate candidate is preparing for a Democratic run for lieutenant governor in 2020.

Attorney Cal Cunningham said Wednesday he's taking steps to put together a bid, with a formal announcement coming after the holiday season. The Insider news service first reported that Cunningham's web site was seeking campaign donations.

The 45-year-old Lexington native now lives in Raleigh. He served in the state Senate in the early 2000s and made an unsuccessful U.S. Senate run in 2010, losing to Elaine Marshall in the Democratic primary.

Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is barred from a third term and is expected to run for governor in 2020. Governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately in North Carolina.

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