Raleigh, N.C. — The second television ad salvo of the 2016 gubernatorial campaign is hitting the airwaves this week, close on the heels of the first ad of the year.
Real Jobs NC, a conservative nonprofit group that helped Republicans win control of the General Assembly in 2010 and keep it in 2012, has a new ad up praising Gov. Pat McCrory.
"Thanks to Gov. McCrory and conservatives in the legislature, North Carolina's back on track," the ad says.
It's unclear how much Real Jobs is spending in total on the ad. Bob Rosser, a campaign consultant for the group, says it has bought one week's worth of ads in the Raleigh market with the potential for more.
"I don't know how big we're going to go, but we're going to continue it for a little while," he said.
Public records available Monday night showed the group had spent at least $24,500 on ads in the Raleigh market on two television stations, including WRAL.
"We just wanted to get a good, positive message out about the good things the new leadership in the state is doing," Rosser said.