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Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 9:15 pm | Updated: 8:45 am, Wed Oct 2, 2013.

RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory's top legal adviser is questioning whether North Carolina's attorney general is capable of defending the state from a federal lawsuit alleging new Republican-backed voting changes are intended to suppress minority voter turnout.

Bob Stephens, McCrory's chief legal counsel, said Tuesday comments made by Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper opposing the new voting law left the state's GOP governor no choice but to hire his own outside lawyer to buttress the state's defense. McCrory has retained at taxpayers' expense a South Carolina lawyer who has close ties to the Republican Party and bills $360 an hour.

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