mccrory_28_jpgRALEIGH—Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper has outpaced incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in fundraising this year as the two gear up for the 2016 North Carolina gubernatorial race.

According to campaign finance reports released Friday, Cooper raised more than $2 million in the first six months of 2015, and had more than $3 million in cash on hand. McCrory raised more than a $1 million in that same period, and has a little less than $2.5 million in campaign coffers.

McCrory began the year with about $100,000 more cash-on-hand than Cooper, who is planning to run but has not formally declared as a candidate.

Durham lawyer Ken Spaulding is also running for the Democratic nomination, having raised a little less than $45,000, with more than $50,000 cash on hand.

– Associated Press