• GOP lieutenant governor candidate Tony Gurley says he’s focusing more on face-to-face meetings in his runoff bid, unlike the media buys he made in the initial primary. Rival Dan Forest has been on the road for months.
• Candidates in the runoff election for superintendent of public instruction and state Senate District 44 will appear at a candidate forum July 11 in Mooresville sponsored by StandUp NC.
• 8th Congressional District Republican candidate Richard Hudson raps rival Scott Keadle for requesting stimulus money as a county commissioner from the Obama administration.
• Americans for Prosperity uses President Obama’s recent “the private sector is doing fine” comment as the backdrop for a political ad.
• A third Democratic Governors Association-funded ad against Pat McCrory attacks the GOP gubernatorial candidate for refusing to release his tax returns.