RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday said he plans to endorse Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cheri Beasley in the coming days.
He was asked about recent comments in which he appeared to back his party’s presumptive Senate nominee.
Beasley is the first Black woman to serve as chief justice of the state Supreme Court.
The path toward the nomination was cleared for her last week when state Sen. Jeff Jackson left the race.
There are currently three major candidates from the Republican party seeking the Senate seat, which will be open when Sen. Richard Burr (R) retires.
U.S. Rep. Ted Budd, former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and ex-Rep. Mark Walker are the leading Republican candidates working to secure the GOP nomination.