- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A group trying to persuade physician Ben Carson to run for president in 2016 says it’s running radio ads through Election Day this year that also attempt to influence voters in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race.

The ads from the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee also identify Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan and address issues on which the group believes many minorities agree with Republicans - particularly public education, abortion and energy.

Campaign director Vernon Robinson said through a spokesman $300,000 will be spent on ads that started this week on urban stations and will later air on Spanish-language stations. Similar ads are running in Louisiana, where a Senate campaign is going on with Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu.

Robinson previously ran for North Carolina statewide and congressional offices.

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