N Carolina attorney general primed to begin run for governor

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ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) — Attorney General Roy Cooper is now prepared to tell North Carolina residents he's a candidate for governor next year.

The Democrat planned a "special announcement" Monday evening at Nash Community College in Rocky Mount, not far from where he grew up in Nashville. He represented the area in the legislature until 2000, when he was first elected the state's top law enforcement official.

The 58-year-old Cooper has been talking about planning for a bid for governor since 2013 and has been critical of policies pushed by the Republican-led General Assembly and GOP Gov. Pat McCrory, who is seeking re-election. Republicans have been accusing Cooper of failing to do his current job.

Ken Spaulding of Durham already has announced he's seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. The primary would be March 15.