Outside groups target NC legislative races again

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Third-party groups backed by money from corporations and liberal-leaning organizations are trying to influence the partisan makeup of the North Carolina Legislature, just as they did two years ago.

The pro-business Real Jobs NC is supporting Republican candidates and opposing Democrats with TV and radio commercials and mailers.

An opposition group backed by historically Democratic interests called Common Senate Matters is throwing counterpunches.

Real Jobs NC spent more than $1.5 million during the 2010 election cycle and was credited by some GOP leaders with helping widen historic majorities for Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly.

That year, the GOP gained control of the House and Senate for the first time in 140 years.

New campaign disclosures show Real Jobs has so far spent less than half what it did in 2010.

Credit: The Associated Press.