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GOP governors kick off campaign against Cooper

North Carolina Attorney General, Roy Cooper and Republican incumbent Pat McCrory.
North Carolina Attorney General, Roy Cooper and Republican incumbent Pat McCrory. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

UPDATED Now that the niceties of the primary election for gubernatorial nominees are over, the match-up between Gov. Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper begins to get rough.

The Republican Governors Association on Wednesday announced a digital ad buy, which it says is costing an undisclosed amount in the six figures.

The ad hammers at Cooper’s 30 years in public office. It poses the question, what has Cooper done while in office, and answers by saying he supported the federal healthcare law and higher taxes.

Jared Leopold, spokesman for the Democratic Governors Association, issued a statement in response:

“National Republicans are in panic mode over the race in North Carolina. Pat McCrory is the most vulnerable incumbent in the country, and he will be sharing a ballot with Donald Trump. Pat McCrory has served in elected office since the 1980s, and has left North Carolina middle-class families with a higher tax burden, crumbling schools and broken promises on women’s health.”

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