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Spaulding challenges Cooper to debates in Democratic primary

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A candidate for North Carolina governor wants the other announced Democrat in the race to hold several debates with him before the March 15 primary.

Ken Spaulding of Durham on Thursday called on Attorney General Roy Cooper to commit to four to six debates. Spaulding’s statement says North Carolina residents deserve to be informed about the candidates and that Cooper’s commitment would show respect to those people.

Cooper campaign spokesman Jamal Little didn’t specifically address Spaulding’s call but wrote by email there would be “plenty of opportunities for Democratic primary voters to meet and hear from both candidates.”

Spaulding is a former state lawmaker and transportation board member who announced his candidacy in 2013. Cooper had been preparing a gubernatorial bid for two years and made his formal announcement Monday.

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