As the end of the year approaches, so too does the end of the six-month fundraising term -- which means one final dash for Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue and GOP challenger Pat McCrory to raise cash.
The next financial report is arguably the most important going forward -- showing whether McCrory can close Perdue's fundraising advantage and indicating if Perdue can weather of a storm of indictments surrounding her campaign and defecting donors.
One storyline is becoming more clear: expect a big showing from McCrory, the former mayor of Charlotte who lost to Perdue in 2008. He held a fundraiser in Greensboro on Monday featuring New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, an all-star in GOP political circles. The total haul: $275,000.
Expect a similar bounty from a fundraiser next week in Charlotte with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Tickets cost between $1,000 and $4,000 to attend.
The big-name governors are an indication that the national party is getting behind McCrory, who has consistently been leading Perdue in the polls.