RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina has won his party’s primary and will face Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest in the November general election as he seeks a second term.

It’s a race that Forest has long been preparing for.

Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest.

Cooper enters that matchup flush with cash and hoping his reelection could help Democrats take back one or both General Assembly chambers. Cooper defeated primary challenger Ernest Reeves, who ran a low-key campaign and reported raising little money.

Forest beat state Rep. Holly Grange, benefiting from a statewide campaign network that he began forming after his first lieutenant governor’s victory in 2012. He was reelected in 2016.

Feature photo: Gov. Roy Cooper.

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