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Morning Memo: McCrory gets campaign cash from indicted donor, Hudson on the rise

GOP GOV REPORTS CAMPAIGN CASH WELL AFTER ELECTION DAY: Pat McCrory won the governor's race Nov. 6 but campaign donors kept filling his coffers through the end of the year, according to new campaign finance reports. The Republican reported raising more than $42,000 after Election Day putting his total haul for the entire campaign at $12.3 million -- nearly three times as much as Democratic rival Walter Dalton, who raised $4.3 million.

McCRORY REPORTS DONATION FROM INDICTED DONOR:One more donation listed after the election: Trawick "Buzzy" Stubbs. He gave McCrory $1,000 in a check reported Nov. 27.

Stubbs was indicted in 2012 for his political donations to Gov. Bev Perdue in the 2008 race involving a plane he allowed the Democrat to use in the campaign. He is charged with obstruction of justice and causing the campaign to file false reports. After his indictment, Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, then just a candidate, returned the $250 donation Stubbs gave his campaign. The case is still pending and Stubbs is challenging the charges.

This is the Dome Morning Memo, a political tipsheet covering North Carolina politics. Read more campaign finance exclusive and a news roundup below.

Morning Roundup: Goldman-Malone entanglement may impact election

Fallout from the entanglement of Wake County school board members Debra Goldman and Chris Malone will likely affect both this fall’s elections and the work of the panel, analysts and public figures said Sunday.

Malone said he and Goldman had a “very heated” physical relationship. Goldman said she rebuffed his romantic advances. Andy Taylor, an N.C. State University political expert, said it will hurt both Goldman’s and Malone’s campaigns, but especially Goldman’s. “The auditor is supposed to be keeping people in government honest, trying to protect the public’s interests and promoting transparency,” Taylor said. Read more here and another story about the repeated police calls to Goldman's home.

More political headlines:

--Middle class couples like Sarah and Stephen Geis of Charlotte see the presidential election's impact on children.

Morning Roundup: Congressman Kissell refuses to debate GOP rival Hudson

Citing scheduling conflicts, U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell, D-N.C., has declined to commit to a locally televised debate with Republican challenger Richard Hudson.

Hudson, in a statement released by his campaign, called on the Democratic congressman “to come out of hiding.” Full story here.

More political headlines:

--Get a rundown on the feisty second presidential debate and see a fact check on the candidates' statements. Students at Queens College gave the win to the president.

--Emulating President Barack Obama, Walter Dalton also took an aggressive stance while Pat McCrory bobbed and weaved in the governor's race debate. And see an excerpt from a key exchange.

Rick Santorum backs Richard Hudson's in GOP primary

Rick Santorum has entered the fray of North Carolina's Republican primary runoff elections by backing Richard Hudson's bid to represent the 8th congressional district.

Santorum, a former presidential hopeful from Pennsylvania and current chairman of Patriot Voices, said in a release that Hudson is an "economic conservative" and "unabashed defender of life and the traditional family."

Richard Hudson gets Dot Helms endorsement in 8th Congressional District

As we suggested recently, Republican Richard Hudson is securing the support of the Helms family in his bid for the 8th Congressional District. A formal announcement came Monday.

"I know what a true conservative is," said Dot Helms, the wife of the late U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms. "Richard Hudson is a true, dyed-in-the-wool conservative the people in the Eighth District can trust. I enthusiastically endorse his candidacy."

Read the entire press release below.

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