Elaine Marshall defeated opponent Cal Cunningham last night to win the Democratic Senate nomination for North Carolina. Marshall came away with a solid victory, defeating Cunningham with 60 percent of the vote, reports Politico. She now faces incumbent Republican Senator Richard Burr in the November elections. Marshall currently serves as Secretary of State in North Carolina, where she was the first woman elected to executive office. Though Cunningham, a former state Senator, won the backing of powerful Washington democrats and reportedly receiving $100,000 in campaign aid, Marshall’s stance as an outsider fighting “against powerful industries” succeeded in winning her the nomination, stated the Washington Post. Marshall has already created jobs in North Carolina and improvde the state’s economy. She is pro-choice and a strong supporter of women’s rights and is endorsed by the Feminist Majority PAC. According to USA Today Democrats are hopeful that Burr’s low popularity ratings and a recent trend toward the Democratic party in North Carolina will help push Marshall to victory in the November election. Republicans claim that the Democratic primary was too divisive and may cost Marshall the general election.