LGBT Groups Celebrates North Carolina Governor’s Defeat
It doesn’t pay to be anti-gay! Pat McCrory recently conceded the 2016 election to Roy Cooper — becoming the only incumbent governor to lose on Election Day and the stats are really interesting.
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research showed that the majority of the electorate has in no way backed down from supporting LGBTQ equality. North Carolina polling found that the anti-LGBTQ HB2 was the critical issue leading to Governor Pat McCrory’s defeat. The HRC and Equality NC survey of 500 North Carolina voters found them opposed to HB2 by a 62 to 30 percent margin. HB2 was also listed as the leading reason to vote against McCrory — with 57 percent citing HB2, 17 points above any other issue.
Gov. McCrory ran approximately 63,000 votes behind Donald Trump, 96,000 votes behind Sen. Richard Burr, and more than 225,000 votes behind his party’s own candidate for agriculture commissioner. According to the polling, both Trump and Burr won the Independent vote by 21 points, while McCrory won by only 9 points.
“This research is proof that when it comes to LGBTQ equality, hearts and minds remain forever changed and on our side. Nowhere is that more clear than in North Carolina, where voters soundly rejected Pat McCrory and sent a clear signal that anti-LGBTQ politicking is now a liability to candidates, no matter their party,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Barely 10 years ago, Republicans – and some Democrats – running for governor were campaigning their support for state bans on marriage equality. But today, as McCrory has proven to the nation, promoting anti-LGBTQ discrimination will cost you an election. There is no doubt that Americans have moved inexorably in the direction of equality and have no appetite for hatred from their elected officials.”
North Carolina Governor-Elect Roy Cooper is now calling to repeal House Bill 2.
“With this election, North Carolina is on its way to repairing its reputation. Let’s finish the job and repeal HB2,” Cooper said.