Several top GOP lawmakers and politicos called on North Carolina State Attorney General Roy Cooper, D, to resign, and denied charges of racism, in a press conference in Raleigh, N.C., earlier today over his role in the recent voter ID decision.

"The voter reforms that we passed in 2013 ensure the integrity of the system," said Rep. David Lewis, chairman of the Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House Committee and Elections Committee of the N.C. State House, defending North Carolina's voter ID case and blasting Cooper for his decision not to defend the law.

"I completely and totally reject the arguments from the outside groups fighting this common sense law, which is widely supported across the political spectrum, that specific demographic groups are incapable of obtaining photo ID," continued Lewis, denying charges of racism that have been leveled against the bill and its supporters.

Speaker Pro-Tem Skip Stam, also attacked the Attorney General for his stance.

"Could you imagine if I send my junior partners to defend a law while publicly stating that I hope the state's case fails and how bad the state's case was? I would face discipline from the N.C. Bar... and that is exactly what Cooper has done," Stam continued.

Stam also pointed to the 2000 election in Flordia as a reason for needing voter ID. "We've been trying to implement photo voter ID since the very close Bush/Gore election."

State Sen. Buck Newton did not mince words.

"Perhaps Cooper isn't doing his job because of the donations he's receiving from the very people fighting the voter ID law," Newton who is running to replace Cooper, as AG as Cooper runs against current Republican incumbent Pat McCrory.

"It's time for him to resign or do his job, and I am happy to volunteer to do his job since he doesn't want to," Newton concluded.

"Governor McCrory and these legislators are desperately trying to blame others for the problems they created. As Attorney General, Roy Cooper does his job fighting for middle class families every day and that's why he's leading the race for Governor," said Ford Porter, a spokesman for the Cooper campaign said in an email to the Washington Examiner.

"You can smell the desperation of the Cooper campaign from a mile away. To cover Cooper's continual failure to show up for work and do his only job, they are forced to use empty rhetoric and false narratives. If I were advising Cooper, I too would want to distract from the 300K jobs, tax cuts, budget surplus, and teacher pay raises under Governor Pat McCrory. The truth speaks for itself," Kami Mueller of the North Carolina Republican Party told the Washington Examiner in an emailed statement.

The race for governor of North Carolina is expected to be one of the most-watched in the country.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include a response from the North Carolina GOP.