HB2 and Tolls Lead to McCrory's Downfall
Tuesday night, Roy Cooper ended the night with 5,000 more votes than incumbent Gov. McCrory. Many Republicans who voted for McCrory in 2012 didn't vote for his reelection because of his policies over the last four years, mainly HB2 and toll roads, which made all the difference on Election Day. In McCrory's home county, 50 Mecklenburg County precincts that voted for McCrory in 2012 went blue this year.
“I just think that he’s over his head,” said Graeber, 35. “I just don’t think he thought that all the way through the repercussions.”
HB2 and voters like Graeber likely were one reason McCrory finished about 5,000 votes behind Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper out of nearly 4.6 million cast.
He also ran into a roadblock on the Interstate 77 toll project.
The governor’s race is stretching into overtime. County elections officials plan to count remaining absentee and provisional ballots by Nov. 18. The state board will certify results Nov. 29. A recount also is possible.
But if Tuesday’s results stand, McCrory would be one of few statewide Republicans who lost in a night where presidential candidate Donald Trump swept to victory in North Carolina and across the country.
Though McCrory carried suburban and rural areas, he lost big in Mecklenburg, Wake and other urban counties. That was an abrupt reversal for a candidate who in 2012 withstood the tidal wave of urban support for Democrat Barack Obama.
While Obama carried Mecklenburg by 100,000 votes, for example, McCrory won his home county by 3,000. And though Obama took Wake County by nearly 56,000 votes, McCrory survived by several hundred.