Nifong's opponents, both of whom are private attorneys, present potential problems for him. Keith Bishop has no prosecutorial experience, but he is black, and was recently endorsed by an influential African American political group, the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People. Freda Black is a former prosecutor who won a conviction in the murder trial of novelist Michael Peterson in 2003.
Black has raised more money than Nifong -- about $45,000 to his $32,000, according to campaign finance records. (Bishop's records were not on file with the State Board of Elections.)