McCrory holds re-election campaign event in Kernersville

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory says he won’t let opponents prevent the state from expanding what Republicans consider improvements to North Carolina’s economy and state government since he took office three years ago.

McCrory held his 2016 re-election campaign kickoff event at a Kernersville printing and logistics company Wednesday, a day after releasing a video that affirmed his plans to run.

This marks his third gubernatorial campaign but first as the incumbent. The former Charlotte mayor told the crowd of 200 his administration’s accomplishments, including lower unemployment rates. He talked about his outsider status to Raleigh state government when he became governor in early 2013.

Two Democrats — Attorney General Roy Cooper and Durham lawyer Ken Spaulding — want to unseat McCrory.

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