Report: Ads run in N Carolina governor’s race near $20M

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina governor’s race is proving to be an expensive political battle across the state’s airwaves.

A review of political advertising on broadcast television in North Carolina, released Thursday by the Center for Public Integrity, shows more than 34,000 ads have been run by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, Democratic challenger Roy Cooper and allied groups since the March primary. The estimated cost for these ads is $19.4 million when pre-primary commercials are included, ranking second only to Missouri among gubernatorial races this fall.

TV ads addressing a law McCrory signed last March that limited local governments in passing anti-discrimination ordinances for LGBT people have aired but aren’t extensive.

The Cooper-McCrory race is considered one of the most competitive gubernatorial races in the country.