- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory’s first television commercial of his re-election campaign seeks to connect the Carolina Panthers’ Super Bowl run with the Republican’s time in office.

McCrory’s campaign said the ad would run Friday through Super Bowl Sunday on broadcast and cable in all major markets. The campaign declined to provide how much was spent on the ad.

McCrory narrates the ad in which he talks about a lower unemployment rate, tax changes and teacher pay raises in North Carolina but that “we just don’t always get the respect we’ve earned.” The commercial closes with McCrory throwing a football to a child and saying “Keep Pounding, Panthers.”

The governor has been appearing on radio stations in recent weeks talking about the Panthers. He plans to attend the Super Bowl in California.

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