- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Republican Gov. Pat McCrory has been outraised by likely general election rival Roy Cooper for the third consecutive reporting period set by the State Board of Elections.

McCrory’s campaign told the board it raised $752,000 in the first two months of 2016, compared to $1.1 million Cooper’s team brought in during the same period. Campaigns had until late Monday to file pre-primary reports.

The Cooper for North Carolina committee also raised more than McCrory’s committee in the first and second halves of 2015, or a margin of $1.2 million. Cooper had $5.7 million in cash beginning March 1, while McCrory reported $4.3 million.

Both McCrory and Cooper have primary elections next week. Cooper’s Democratic rival, Ken Spaulding, reported raising $4,200 and having $11,800 in cash.

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