North Carolina gubernatorial race to be ‘closely fought’

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – It has been long expected but Tuesday’s election results made it official.

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory will face Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper in the gubernatorial race.

Both overwhelmingly won their primaries Tuesday night.

With the primary over, there are about eight months left before November’s general election.

And for the gubernatorial race in North Carolina, it’s shaping up to be a battle.

“There clearly will be a lot of money put into the race. There are only a handful of gubernatorial contests across the country,” said N.C. State University political science professor Andy Taylor. “This is going to be, I think, by far and away, the most interesting and the most closely fought.”

Taylor said this is clearly a race both sides want to win.

“We have a 16-year attorney general who is going to run and who is well known across the state. So the Democrats have really sort of hung their hat on the gubernatorial election,” Taylor said.

On primary night, Cooper asked his supporters if they were ready for a Trump-McCrory ticket. That was met with a resounding “no.”

On Wednesday, McCrory declined to comment on the upcoming election.

So far between the two candidates, they have raised back $10 million, with Cooper outraising McCrory by about $1 million.

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