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Cooper, McCrory neck and neck in fundraising race

Posted January 27

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper are running for governor in 2016.

— Gov. Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper continued to pile up cash for an expected political showdown this year, with Cooper maintaining his fundraising edge from last summer.

Cooper, a Democrat, is running to oust McCrory, a Republican finishing his first term.

Cooper reported Wednesday that he had collected $2.9 million in the second half of 2015. That's roughly $300,000 more than McCrory, whose campaign told the Associated Press he collected $2.6 million during the same time period. It is the second campaign finance report in a row that showed Cooper outpacing McCrory in fundraising.

Cooper began the year with $4.9 million in the bank, while McCrory had $4.1 million on hand.

"Today's numbers reaffirm what public polling already shows: Pat McCrory is the most vulnerable incumbent governor in the country," crowed Jamal Little, a spokesman for the Cooper campaign.

Despite raising roughly the same amount of money during the same time period, McCrory spokesman Ricky Diaz dismissed Cooper's fundraising totals on Wednesday, saying, "It is clear that Roy Cooper is spending all of his time raising campaign cash and not doing his job as attorney general."

The fundraising totals for the candidates don't count money that will be poured into the state by party groups such as the Republican and Democratic governors associations and nonprofits formed to channel money from large donors.

However, both Cooper and McCrory will have to clear the March 15 primary. McCrory faces two challengers, including former state Rep. Robert Brawley. Cooper faces Ken Spaulding, a Durham lawyer and former lawmaker.

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  • John Snow Jan 28, 2016
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    Adorable. Bless your heart

  • Greg Klayton Jan 28, 2016
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    You don't have to miss him. He won't be going anywhere for a long time.

  • John Snow Jan 28, 2016
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    I am not going to miss pat at all.

  • Greg Klayton Jan 27, 2016
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    And just another CORRUPT DEMOCRAT career politician.

  • Steve Moore Jan 27, 2016
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    If you liked Jim Hunt, Mike Easley and Beverly Purdue you will love Roy Cooper. Just another career politician.

  • ecu4me2 Jan 27, 2016

    Cooper will be an extension of Washington Democrats.

  • Fanny Chmelar Jan 27, 2016
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    "It is clear that Roy Cooper is spending all of his time raising campaign cash and not doing his job as attorney general."

    Hmm. Interesting that this could be said, too: "It is clear that Pay McCrory is spending all of his time raising campaign cash and not doing his job as governor."

    Note the dropping of official titles, to denigrate the candidate even more.

    This is why politics can be so annoying. Talk about your candidate! Talk about the issues! This petulance is tiring.