RALEIGH -- Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper entered the final weeks of his reelection campaign having significantly outraised his opponent.
Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest took in nearly $4 million from July 1 to Oct. 17. Cooper received more than $17 million during that time.
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The bulk of contributions to Forest came from individual donors. Cooper got most of his money from outside political groups.
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Democrats in other statewide races have raised substantially more than Republicans. Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is spending aggressively to elect Democrat Yvonne Holley for lieutenant governor. Holley is a state House member running against Republican Mark Robinson.
More than 4 million North Carolinians have cast their ballot; early voting deadline is Saturday