Leading Republican in North Carolina Gubernatorial Primary Bleeding Cash As Gov. Roy Cooper Breaks Fundraising Record
Leading Republican gubernatorial candidate in North Carolina, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest raised only $1.4 million in the second half of 2019, yet managed to spend $1.5 million, a burn rate of 107% during the off-year. It spells trouble for one of the Republican Governors Association’s top recruits if he can’t even manage to raise enough to cover his spending.
Meanwhile, Gov. Roy Cooper raised nearly $4 million in the second half of 2019, putting the campaign at more than $8.2 million in cash-on-hand. Cooper’s 2019 fundraising broke records for fundraising in the year before the election. Notably, 90% of Cooper’s donors are from North Carolina, with donations coming from all 100 counties.
“Dan Forest can barely keep his campaign afloat and yet he’s asking North Carolina voters to trust him to run the entire state,” said DGA National Press Secretary, Jerusalem Demsas. “This is further proof that Forest’s extreme statements and out-of-touch campaign are not resonating with North Carolinians.”