Roy Cooper (D) is in an awkward position as attorney general. He is planning to run for governor in 2016 but he will also represent his state in a lawsuit brought by the Justice Department over North Carolina's strict new voter identification laws. The state also faces a lawsuit over an amendment to the North Carolina constitution that bars same-sex marriage. He has been critical of the voter identification law and said he favors legalizing same-sex marriage.
McCrory, who hasn't yet said whether he's running for re-election, has been an ardent supporter of the new voter identification laws, saying they simply close loopholes in the state's voting system. The Justice Department, meanwhile, argues that the law is aimed at preventing minorities from voting.