RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democrats committed to ending Republican majorities in the General Assembly say they're formally launching efforts to speak with neighbors about their candidates.

The state Democratic Party says 18 "Weekend of Action" events are going on starting Saturday in key House and Senate districts. The party says more than 250 volunteers are prepared to knock on doors and make phone calls this weekend.

Democrats are energized thanks to unhappiness with Donald Trump and want to give Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper more leverage in legislation in 2019. Republicans hold veto-proof majorities in both chambers and have controlled the legislature since 2011.

The state Democratic Party reported $5.8 million in its campaign coffers earlier this month. The state GOP had $1.3 million. Both sides also have funds parked in other accounts.