Spaulding runs NC gubernatorial ad taking on McCrory, Cooper

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A candidate for North Carolina governor is running his first ad of the 2016 campaign.

Durham attorney Ken Spaulding says Wednesday the radio ad is airing in markets statewide this week and next.

The former Democratic legislator criticizes both Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper for defending in court an elections overhaul law that placed new restrictions on voting. Cooper is preparing a gubernatorial bid as well.

Spaulding says in the ad that Cooper through his office is siding with McCrory in court to uphold the law. Cooper has said he is personally opposed to the law but his job obligates him to defend the state.

Cooper's office stopped defending North Carolina's gay marriage ban last summer when a federal appeals court overturned Virginia's similar ban.