NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A local Senate race is gaining national attention, which is quite a statement considering it's a presidential election year.
The National Associated Press, Huffington Post, and MSNBC are among groups discussing an ad Deborah Butler, a Democratic candidate running for NC Senate District 9 against incumbent Thom Goolsby.
In the ad, Butler shows a transvaginal ultrasound, pointing out legislation Goolsby supported that required women to first get an ultrasound prior to an abortion.
"The legislation in question is being held at bay right now by a temporary restraining order," said Butler. "The truth is, North Carolinians and families don't know about it. It is extremely regressive, and it's probably the most regressive legislation in the country."
"All she's going to talk about are things not relevant to jobs and the economy," said Goolsby. "That's what people care about. They don't care about all this grand standing; they want to know what are you going to do to get North Carolina back to work. That's what I've been focused on and focus on daily. I don't pay attention to this other stuff."
"The interesting thing about that is, Thom ran in 2010 as the job senator," said Butler. "That was the label he self-described with. He proposed 41 pieces of legislation in the NC Assembly, and not one had anything to do with job creation."
Goolsby has released his own ad against Butler, asking if she's too risky and too liberal.
"WECT covered her involvement with Occupy Wilmington, a radical fringe group," said Goolsby. "That's where she focuses her efforts. I'm concerned about North Carolina, particularly New Hanover County, people, and getting them back to work."
"Instead of talking about the legislation, he's attacking my community service," said Butler, "Which I think speaks loudly with his lack of pride in that legislation."
"When nobody knows you and you want to make a name for yourself, I guess you can try and make a splash," said Goolsby. "But when it comes down to it, we have to focus on getting people back to work."
Butler says she plans to release ads focusing on education and jobs.
Goolsby says he plans to release more ads as well.
According to Butler, since her current ad debuted nationally, the number of campaign donations have increased.
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