NC Republicans outraise Democrats in 2014 election cycle, but outside groups narrowed gap



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RALEIGH, North Carolina — North Carolina Republicans outraised and outspent Democratic counterparts in the political money chase leading to last November's election.

Campaign reports filed this month with the State Board of Elections showed the state Republican Party spending nearly $9.4 million in the two years ending Dec. 31, compared to almost $5 million by the state Democratic Party.

Democrats did get help to narrow the gap. A pair of independent expenditure groups targeting Republican incumbents at the General Assembly with ads and mailers spent at least $2.8 million more. Three targeted GOP lawmakers lost. Republicans still control the legislature.

State Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller said more party candidates could have benefited if some of the independent expenditure money had been given to the party. A spokesman for the groups declined to comment.

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