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Retiring US Rep. Butterfield backs State Sen. Don Davis as his successor

The retiring congressman gave North Carolina state Senator Don Davis his seal of approval as the May 17 Democratic primary approaches.
Credit: AP Photo/Gerry Broome
State Sen. Don Davis, D-Greene, takes the oath of office in the Senate chamber as lawmakers gather for the start of the 2017 Legislative session at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh, N.C., Jan. 11, 2017. U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield has endorsed state Sen. Davis to become his successor in North Carolina's 1st Congressional District.

RALEIGH, N.C. — U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield has endorsed state Sen. Don Davis to become his successor in North Carolina's 1st Congressional District.

The retiring congressman on Monday gave Davis his seal of approval as the May 17 Democratic primary approaches.

Three other Democrats are running for the nomination, including former state Sen. Erica Smith. She also ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 2020. 

Butterfield said Davis "has the legislative experience and is prepared to fight for the Democratic agenda of empowering America's families and communities."

Smith has portrayed herself as aligned with the Democratic Party's liberal wing, promoting an endorsement from Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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