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Walter Dalton raises a third as much money as his Republican rival

Democratic candidate Walter Dalton raised $1.4 million in the third quarter, far less than his Republican rival's $5 million.

He started the general election with $714,000 in the bank after a primary race depleted his coffers. All together, Dalton's total receipts this election cycle -- $3.9 million -- don't even match Pat McCrory's final three and a half months. McCrory's total this election: $11.6 million.

Pat McCrory raised $5 million in the third quarter

Pat McCrory on Monday reported a $5 million haul in the extended third quarter fundraising period with $1.6 million on hand.

The numbers demonstrate the Republican gubernatorial candidate's financial advantage in the race. What he reported raising from July 1 through Oct. 20 could even exceed Democrat Walter Dalton's entire haul for the general election. Dalton's numbers were due Monday but his campaign has yet to announce them.

Super PAC money in Supreme Court race passes $1.3 million

The super PAC formed to re-elect Justice Paul Newby to the state Supreme Court has spent $1.3 million on the intentionally corny “banjo” TV ad promoting the incumbent, newly released records show. And the records provide the first glimpse of who is backing the independent campaign.

The N.C. Judicial Coalition – comprised of key figures in North Carolina conservative politics – racked up that amount just between Oct. 11 and Oct. 23, according to reports just filed with the state Board of Elections. Previously, it had only been known that the PAC, known as an independent expenditure committee, had spent more than $800,000 on TV ads.

Newby not the only one benefitting from outside money

Justice Paul Newby isn’t the only one benefitting from an outside money group. An independent expenditure committee called N.C. Citizens for Protecting Our Schools is paying for a mailer supporting appellate Judge Sam “Jimmy” Ervin IV.

Meanwhile, Newby's hokey banjo ad is sweeping the state.

Morning Roundup: McCrory goes moderate, a new Goldman police report

Republican Pat McCrory continued his moderate transformation during Wednesday's debate, shedding his tea party and conservative cape as he said legislation restricting abortions and cracking down on illegal immigration won't appear on his agenda if elected. At the same time, Democrat Walter Dalton made a bold pledge to lower the employment rate as much as 3 percent in his first year. Pundits say the debate isn't the game changer Dalton needed. Read more here and see four fact checks from the debate.

More political headlines:

--In a new development that raises questions about Debra Goldman's judgment, another police report surfaced showing that the GOP state auditor candidate called 911 after a fellow board member yelled at her during a heated Wake school board meeting.

Outside spending in Newby campaign soaring

The super PAC formed to re-elect state Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby has spent more than half a million dollars on TV advertising, a scan of North Carolina TV station reports filed with the Federal Communications Commission shows.

The N.C. Judicial Coalition, created by prominent conservatives including Tom Fetzer and Bob Luddy, has been ramping up its air time in recent days.

Morning Roundup: McIntyre feels like underdog in race against Rouzer

Democratic incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre has a target on his back, and big money from conservative super PACs is backing Republican challenger David Rouzer. Here's the story.

Libertarian candidate for governor Barbara Howe is running for election 5K by 5K across the state. Read about that.

Congressional Leadership Fund muscles-up Rouzer race against McIntyre

The big guns are coming out now. In what is already one of the most expensive congressional races in the country, North Carolina’s 7th District is getting another infusion of super PAC money from national interests.

The Congressional Leadership Fund’s first ad against incumbent Democrat Rep. Mike McIntyre is being released Friday, at a cost of $575,000. Following the narrative of ads by other groups supporting Republican challenger David Rouzer, this one tries to tie McIntyre to liberals in Washington, faults him for voting for the stimulus bill and for what it says is his failure to pass any of his own bills into law.

Another ad to boost Rouzer portays McIntyre as 'Washington liberal'


YG Network, one of the outside interest groups injecting huge amounts of money into the race between Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre and Republican challenger David Rouzer – more than $740,000 so far – is out with a new TV commercial.

The ad, which began airing in the Triangle and Wilmington on Thursday, picks up on the dominant theme of the national Republican effort to unseat McIntyre: that the conservative Democrat is a liberal henchman for President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The spot features cartoon characters playing football.

“A master of the sneak, Mike McIntyre acts one way in North Carolina but in Washington he stars on the liberal team,” the ad says. It concludes with a heroic image of a cartoon Rouzer: “Vote for young, conservative star David Rouzer.”

YG Network reports spending nearly $1.3 million on this spot, which runs from Thursday to Nov. 5, and on another recent spot.

Ervin ad responds to flow of Newby money in Supreme Court race

As the super PAC supporting incumbent N.C. Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby begins buying TV commercials around the state, challenger Judge Sam “Jimmy” Ervin IV has responded with an ad critical of the unrestricted spending.

“The North Carolina Supreme Court should not be for sale,” Ervin says in the ad. “But so-called independent groups are spending thousands to buy a seat on the state’s highest court. Why are they spending all this money? What do they expect in return?”

(Update: The super PAC spent another $52,525 today at WRAL, bringing the total statewide to more than $440,000 at nine TV stations.)

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