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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by opponents of Republican governor candidate Pat McCrory who wanted their commercials critical of the former Charlotte mayor declared true and constitutionally protected.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway on Monday dismissed the litigation by North Carolina Citizens for Progress. The independent group has aired ads suggesting McCrory improperly lobbied for a real estate and lending business.

McCrory and his campaign committee persuaded Ridgeway that North Carolina Citizens for Progress cannot seek a declaratory judgment when the two sides disagree on the facts and the lawsuit is designed to declare the ads are not defamatory.

A lawyer for the North Carolina Citizens says his group is disappointed with the ruling and will consider whether to appeal.

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