Coleman seeks women's vote in run for office

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Democratic nominee for North Carolina lieutenant governor wants women to unite behind her candidacy because of Republican policies at the Legislature which she says have marginalized them.

About 30 supporters watched Wednesday outside the old Capitol building in Raleigh as Linda Coleman helped unveil a "Women for Coleman" campaign she calls a grassroots effort to organize women of all political stripes around her candidacy. Former U.S. Rep. Eva Clayton is a leader of that movement and also spoke.

Coleman said she would set an agenda of supporting women on issues such as health care, education and equal pay if elected. Groups have criticized the GOP-led General Assembly for passing new abortion restrictions and cutting off certain funding to Planned Parenthood.

Coleman faces Republican Dan Forest in November.

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