Cooper campaign says it raised $4.5M so far in 2019

Democratic Governor has $5.6 million in cash on hand

Madeline Gray—North State Journal
Democratic candidate for North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper responds as crowds of Hillary Clinton supporters cheer for him during a midnight rally at N.C. State's Reynolds Coliseum on Monday

RALEIGH — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s re-election campaign says it took in more than $4.5 million during the first six months of this year.

Cooper’s campaign said Monday the total is more than twice what his campaign raised during the same period four years ago, when he was attorney general and preparing for a gubernatorial bid. He narrowly defeated Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in November 2016.

The Cooper for North Carolina Committee says it had over $5.6 million in the bank as of July. Cooper’s actual campaign report for the first half of the year hasn’t been filed — it’s not due until July 26.

Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is also running for governor in 2020. His fundraising total hasn’t yet been made public.