Politics & Government

Party groups weigh in on NC gubernatorial race

Pat McCrory
Pat McCrory dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

Democratic and Republican groups weighed in on behalf of North Carolina’s two main gubernatorial candidates Monday, with one GOP group reserving $4 million in TV time this fall for ads on behalf of Gov. Pat McCrory.

Democrats, meanwhile, continued to try to link McCrory with presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The Republican Governor’s Association reserved TV time in four markets across the state, a spokesman said.

“We’re reserving this ad time for the crucial weeks leading to Election Day in the fall to make sure voters clearly understand that Gov. Pat McCrory is driving the Carolina Comeback,” said RGA spokesman Jon Thompson.

Democrat Roy Cooper’s campaign announced an “aggressive statewide digital campaign” aimed at linking McCrory with Trump. Spokesman Ford Porter declined to say how much the campaign is spending.

“Donald Trump's divisive rhetoric has no place in North Carolina -- but Gov. McCrory says he’ll support him anyway,” the online ads say next to a picture of the two. “Tell Gov. McCrory to stand with North Carolina – not Trump and his shameful campaign.”

Also Monday, the Democratic Governor’s Association launched a web site to tell voters where GOP governors up for election stand on Trump.

McCrory has said he plans to support his party’s nominee.

McCrory and Cooper, the current attorney general, face Libertarian Lon Cecil in November.

The race is expected to be one of the most expensive in the country.

Jim Morrill: 704-358-5059, @jimmorrill