In NC gov’s race, Forest runs 1st ad; Cooper has $14M cash

Dan Forest and Roy Cooper (Photo: WTVD)

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Recent unrest in North Carolina cities and job losses related to COVID-19 closings are featured prominently in the first general election ad of the governor’s race from Republican nominee Dan Forest.

Forest’s commercial began airing across the state Tuesday, the day after Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s campaign announced it’s got nearly $14 million in cash entering July.

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Forest has criticized Cooper for issuing executive orders that have closed certain businesses due to the virus, as well as for damage by demonstrators in otherwise peaceful protests against racial injustice.

Forest’s campaign wouldn’t say how much money it’s raised.

A campaign report is due Friday.