Pat McCrory Refuses to Accept the Reality That North Carolina Voters Rejected His Reelection HopesBy Adam Polaski • November 22, 2016 • 12:44 pm
This week in North Carolina, Pat McCrory refuses to acknowledge his defeat in the state’s gubernatorial race. The embattled governor now trails Roy Cooper by well over 7,000 votes in the race, but McCrory continues to challenge the election’s outcome – threatening the legitimacy of the state’s democratic process.
Attorney General Roy Cooper’s lead over McCrory has steadily grown since Election Day, but McCrory has filed complaints in at least half of the state’s counties, and spokespeople for the governor’s campaign continue to insist large-scale voter fraud impacted the election.
A number of local county election boards – all controlled by Republicans – have denied the governor’s complaints so far. This weekend, the State Board of Elections also denied McCrory’s request to centralize and rule on his campaign’s voter fraud complaints. Donald Trump and Mike Pence carried North Carolina by nearly four percentage points, while Republican U.S. Senator Richard Burr – who was locked in a tight re-election race with Democratic challenger Deborah Ross – went on to secure a six-point victory.
Matt McTighe, executive director of Freedom for All Americans, said today:
“Pat McCrory doubled down behind HB 2 earlier this year at the expense of hardworking North Carolinians, and now he’s once again doubling down and refusing to accept the will of his constituents. Roy Cooper’s lead has only grown over the past two weeks. It’s irresponsible of Pat McCrory to intentionally question the legitimacy of the state’s political process because he doesn’t like the outcome. It’s unfortunate the governor couldn’t put this same zeal into remedying all the wrongs HB 2 unleashed on North Carolina earlier this year.”
HB 2 played a major role in the gubernatorial campaign. The anti-LGBT law made North Carolina the first state in the country to ban transgender people from using public restrooms, and it also eradicated local ordinances that provided nondiscrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Roy Cooper has spoken out against the discriminatory law consistently since it passed last March.
McCrory continued to support the discriminatory law even as major corporations including PayPal, Deutsche Bank and CoStar canceled planned expansions into North Carolina, and athletic organizations including the NBA, NCAA and ACC pulled high-profile sporting events from the state. McCrory’s opponent, attorney general Roy Cooper, spoke out against the discriminatory law since the day it passed.
McTighe continued: “North Carolinians are sick and tired of seeing their state’s name dragged through the mud because of HB 2, and they sent a clear message on Election Day that it was time for a change in leadership. Pat McCrory has refused to do the responsible thing and lead the repeal of HB 2. Now he has one last chance to do the right thing. Pat McCrory must recognize the will of the voters in his state and stop intentionally undermining the integrity of the electoral process.”