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Forest statement on toll project points to 2020 governor bid

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest (AP photo)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Brief words from North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest about a toll project have reinforced expectations he will run for governor in 2020.

The Republican released a statement the day after Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s transportation secretary described efforts to alter plans for two proposed toll lanes for Interstate 77 north of Charlotte, built and operated by a Spanish company. Some people weren’t pleased with the incremental plan.

Forest called Thursday the I-77 contract “a colossal mistake” signed by then-GOP Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration, “punted by the Cooper administration” and that “would be fixed by a Forest administration.”

Forest was elected lieutenant governor in 2012 and has openly expressed interest in running for governor. His campaign had $519,000 entering the summer. McCrory also has said he’ll consider a 2020 bid.

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