Linda Coleman with James Kotecki

The 2012 race to become North Carolina’s Lieutenant Governor was close. Really close. 0.16 percentage points close.

Democrat Linda Coleman almost became the first African-American woman elected to statewide office in North Carolina. She didn’t concede until nearly two weeks after Election Day. And in a sense, she never stopped running.

This November, she’ll face Dan Forest, now the incumbent Lieutenant Governor, once again. And this time, she says, things are different. Not just for her campaign – but for African-American voters, too.

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