Biden holds last-minute fundraiser for Elaine Marshall

After Vice President Joe Biden headlined a Democratic National Committee fundraiser Thursday night in Chapel Hill, N.C., he held an impromptu fundraiser for Senate candidate Elaine Marshall (D). 

Marshall is taking on Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) in the fall.

Marshall said the event was quickly put together and was limited to 15 people.

“There is a clear choice in this North Carolina election between a woman who knows what drive [forward] means and somebody who clearly is continuing to be backwards,” Biden said at the event.

With polls showing Marshall competitive with Burr in the fall election, tensions appear to be easing between Marshall and the national Democratic Party. Marshall won the Democratic nomination in a runoff last month against Cal Cunningham, who was the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s favored candidate in the race. 

A Survey USA poll from last month had Burr in the lead by 10 points. New numbers out Friday from the Democratic polling firm Lake Research Partners give Marshall a 2-point lead over Burr, 37 percent to 35 percent, but the survey polled registered voters, not likely voters. 

The poll found 23 percent still undecided. The sample was 600 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.