RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A live televised debate for five Democratic U.S. Senate candidates has nominee hopeful Cal Cunningham taking verbal shots at Republican incumbent Richard Burr while two other Democratic candidates attacked Cunningham's words and record.

Chapel Hill attorney Ken Lewis said Wednesday night at a Raleigh studio that Cunningham supported drilling off North Carolina's coast but now says he's against it. Cunningham said later he's been consistently opposed to drilling for natural gas and oil. Lewis later tried to take Cunningham to task for his work on the state banking commission.

Gastonia schoolteacher Ann Worthy also questionned Cunningham on offshore oil.

Cunningham criticized Burr earlier for voting for bills he said rewarded companies that send jobs overseas.

The debate came on the eve of the start of Thursday's early voting period.

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