This morning, we had the news that Donald Trump has won the race to become President. However, we might just have some good news on our hands on the US politics side of things. This is due to the fact that early results are showing that current North Carolina governor Pat McCrory has narrowly lost his re-election bid.
As we all know North Carolina has lost a lot of big investment ventures, as well as a huge amount of lost tourism revenue due to venue changes, due to the anti-trans HB2. The state has not only lost millions, it has also been shedding jobs due to losing things like the new PayPal offices.
The Democratic candidate Roy Cooper may have just sealed victory for himself, and he has made it clear he will be repealing HB2.
While the results are yet to be clarified, and the race between the two candidates were neck and neck, at the moment the results are 2,280,398 votes for Cooper compared to McCrory’s 2,276,059. However, we shouldn’t celebrate just yet as according to the local media the race could be upset by provisional ballots expected to be counted in a canvass later this month.
Despite this measure of uncertainty, Cooper has declared victory: “This has been an extremely hard fought race, but the people of North Carolina have spoken and they have chosen a change in leadership. We are confident once the results are certified we will confirm tonight’s victory.”
He has vowed to repeal HB2 when he takes office in January.
Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin & Equality North Carolina Executive Director Chris Sgro said on Cooper’s victory: “While we still await national results, Pat McCrory’s historic defeat is a beacon of hope for equality.”
“Tonight voters said that HB2 and the politics of hate have no place in the state of North Carolina. As businesses and jobs fled the state and McCrory’s poll numbers fell, anti-equality groups rallied to his side, spending millions of dollars to bolster his faltering campaign. And we met them head on. Through our TurnOUT NC campaign, we launched the largest voter mobilisation effort in our organizational histories.”
“We are confident that once the results are certified, Roy Cooper’s victory will be confirmed. By electing Roy Cooper their next governor, North Carolinians have sent a powerful message across their state and this country that the days of anti-LGBTQ politicians targeting our community for political gain are over.”
“While McCrory may have been surprised by the overwhelming opposition in this state and across the country to his discriminatory politics, the same will not be true for lawmakers who considering doubling down on anti-LGBTQ extremism in the future. This is a wake-up call.”