A series of attack ads making their way into area mailboxes illustrate part of a vicious statewide political battle between two Republican factions.
The target: state Rep. Stephen LaRoque, R-Lenoir. LaRoque, an incumbent, is seeking his party's nomination Tuesday against challenger Willie Ray Starling of Wayne County.
Starling isn't tied directly to the three groups that are attacking House co-Speaker Richard Morgan and his supporters, who include LaRoque. But Starling is benefiting from it.