NC’s drama-filled Governor’s race shows anti-HB 2 Cooper in the lead
North Carolina saw record turn out this past election day, but more than 10 days later the state still doesn’t have a clear winner in their gubernatorial race.
Republican Pat McCrory continues to defend his seat against the state’s Attorney General, Democrat Roy Cooper. Among the differences in the candidates, Cooper has said he would strike HB2, the notorious anti-transgender bill which forces trans folks into the wrong restroom and denies localities from creating protections for LGBTQ municipal employees.
McCrory, who hastily passed and signed HB2 into law earlier this year has faced criticism from business groups and equality organizations, as well as a lawsuit from the ACLU, over the law.
While election day passed on Nov. 8th, the tally between the two candidates has continued to stay under 10,000, the base line which allows a a candidate to call for a recount. The deadline for counting absentee and provisional ballots passed this weekend.
“The people of NC have made clear that they want a change of leadership in the Governor’s Office — and that’s what we’re going to give them,” said Cooper in a tweet posted over the weekend. He also posted a graph showing his lead increasing as provisional ballots got counted.
— Roy Cooper (@RoyCooperNC) November 19, 2016
Meanwhile, McCrory has taken to twitter to report on complaints around “dead people, felons & double voters” getting counted in the polls.
Most NC county’s elections departments are dominated by Republicans at a 2-1 ratio and NPR is reporting over 100 complaints around such voting issues as what McCrory spoke of.
“Roy Cooper should stop trying to circumvent the electoral process,” wrote Gov. McCrory in a statement on his website.
“Why is Roy Cooper so insistent on circumventing the electoral process and counting the votes of dead people and felons?” wrote Ricky Diaz, Governor McCrory’s campaign spokesman. “It may be because he needs those fraudulent votes to count in order to win. Instead of insulting North Carolina voters, we intend to let the process work as it should to ensure that every legal vote is counted properly.”
“Moderate” GOP Gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie thinks Virginia needs an HB2-style bathroom bill
The Amherst County GOP Dinner this past weekend played host to the state’s three GOP gubernatorial candidates and while scientifically inaccurate answers could be expected from the two trailing candidates, the leading “moderate,” Ed Gillespie, shared a similarly base-less scare tactic against the trans community. “This isn’t about bathrooms alone,” Gillespie (top image) said in [...]April 3, 2017
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