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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Weekly protesters at the North Carolina Legislature have some work to do if they want their voices against GOP policies to translate to votes at the polls.

The Moral Monday movement has become a de-facto campaign tool for Democrats to publicize their platform and recruit volunteers to help them win elections, especially the contested U.S. Senate race.

Democratic party leaders say they will try to capitalize on the Moral Monday momentum. The Rev. William Barber says his group is launching a new campaign to register voters and spur local movements throughout the state. Republicans say they're doing the same.

Thousands have turned out for the protests in Raleigh over the last year.

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