Cooper rallies North Carolina Democrats at state convention

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Democratic candidate for governor is rallying the party with promises to fuel public schools and reject the state’s controversial LGBT law as he gears up to challenge incumbent Republican Pat McCrory this fall.

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper spoke to about 600 Democratic activists at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner after the party’s convention Saturday calling for Democrats to take back the GOP-dominated state.

Cooper compared McCrory’s rhetoric to divisive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and said McCrory’s continued support of the state’s law limiting protections for LGBT people will cost jobs and business from major companies.

Earlier in the day, the Democrats elected 46 delegates and their alternates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next month.

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