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GOP: Cooper has conflict in voter ID case

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is running for governor against Republican incumbent Pat McCrory.
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is running for governor against Republican incumbent Pat McCrory. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

The state GOP continues to work the angle that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper can’t do his job representing the state as attorney general on issues where he has conflicting personal beliefs, such as voter ID.

Cooper has said he has no problem doing both, and in fact has been aggressively defending the state’s elections law in court.

On Tuesday, Republicans tightened the screws in a news release noting that liberal New York billionaire George Soros contributed $5,100 to Cooper’s campaign, and that Soros has been bankrolling voting rights efforts on behalf of Democrats, including in North Carolina.

Marc Elias, Hillary Clinton’s campaign general counsel, filed a 2014 North Carolina elections lawsuit.

“This is a perfect contrast between Roy Cooper and Pat McCrory,” Ford Porter, Cooper’s campaign spokesman, said in an email. “Roy Cooper does his job — period. Meanwhile, three ongoing investigations into pay-to-play prove that as governor, Pat McCrory puts his friends and donors first every time.”

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