Looking to 2020, Cooper, Forest keep to campaign fundraising

Published 07-27-2018

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and a potential 2020 challenger keep vacuuming up campaign money.

Political committees for candidates not on ballots this year had until Friday to file finance reports covering the first half of this year.

Cooper's committee reports raising $865,000 and having $1.6 million in cash on June 30. He's raised $2.3 million since early 2017.

Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is expected to run for governor. His committee raised $404,000 in the first six months of 2018 and had $519,000 in campaign coffers. He's raised just over $1 million in the last 18 months.

Cooper reports over 10,000 separate donations so far in 2018. Forest reported more than 600.

A "super PAC" that promoted Forest's 2016 campaign reported $1 million on hand earlier this month.

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