HB2 may be factor in tight NC races

Posted November 9, 2016
Updated November 10, 2016

— After months of protests over North Carolina’s House Bill 2, some are questioning how much of a role the bill played in the way people voted Tuesday night.

House Bill 2, which was passed in March, requires people to use bathrooms in schools and other public buildings that match their birth gender and excludes gay and transgender people from discrimination protections.

In campaign ads, Attorney General Roy Cooper said House Bill 2 wrote discrimination against the LGBT community into state law, while Gov. Pat McCrory argued the bill provides safety in restrooms.

“I think it was big for some voters,” said Meredith College political science professor David McLennan.

McLennan said he believes House Bill 2 played a role in the close race for governor.

“Gov. McCrory was the spokesperson for HB2. He went on the national shows and talked about it. The ads were about HB2,” he said.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Cooper was about 5,000 votes ahead of McCrory out of more than 5 million votes cast, according to unofficial results Wednesday night.

WRAL News polls leading up to the election showed House Bill 2 was unpopular. In one poll, released in early October, more than 50 percent of participants did not approve of the legislation. Nearly 80 percent said a candidate’s position on House Bill 2 would strongly or somewhat influence their vote.

In a poll released last week, nearly 60 percent of those who responded said House Bill 2 would strongly influence their vote for governor.

McLennan said the race for attorney general was also likely affected by the legislation. Republican Buck Newton is also a House Bill 2 supporter. His race against Democrat Josh Stein is also tight.

“This is the second race where it probably had the most impact,” McLennan said.

McLennan said the House Bill 2 debate spoke to multiple voting groups, including those concerned with civil rights and those concerned with the bill’s effect on the economy.


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  • Xander Bogaerts Nov 11, 2016
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    FWIW, I'll tell you what I think. I think Cooper is going to keep the trophy.
    I'm not in agreement with the "marcaholism" of incessantly trolling you keep up with. Tell me- where is your income going to come from once political season is over, and you're no longer paid to be a troll? Will the machine just dump you, or will it continue to employ you?

  • Byrd Ferguson Nov 10, 2016
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    ya think?

  • Randi Thistle Nov 10, 2016
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    if this law would enable straight males to pretend to be female just so he can go into the bathroom with your wife, that really says more about straight males than trans-males doesn't it?

  • Randi Thistle Nov 10, 2016
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    if i go into a public bathroom and am confronted by some shmuck that questions whats between my legs and feels he can "demand" i produce "proof" all i can say is.....he'd better check hiself before he wrecks his self.
    i dont wear makeup, have a buzzcut so if you didn't know me it's possible you'd think i was a man. the funny part is, i am actually a straight female. i simply hate makeup and love the low maintenance of the buzzcut. i haven't owned a brush or a hair dryer in about 15 years, thank you very much. but anyway, now there's a real possibility that the above scenerio could happen. and i'm not taking too kindly to strangers who feel the need to play bathroom monitor.
    and lastly....the transgender in the stall next to your wife? he literally doesn't even want his p enis. however, the trans, your wife, and even the gay female in the third stall down....ALL THREE are much more liely to be raped and killed by straight males.

  • Randi Thistle Nov 10, 2016
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    he won't produce his own birth certificate and with that rumor going around and the fact he signed the thing into law, if he uses a public bathroom (or a tax payer bought home bathroom) but refuses to produce the document...he's gotta go.... gotta go out the do' and maybe the next gub'nor wont sign something into law he refuses to uphold personally. seriously pat? you wont release it because "it's personal"? really?

  • Rod Runner Nov 10, 2016
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    You read it, huh? And you don't see anything that discriminates against gays or transgender people? It's only 5 pages, how could you already have forgotten what you read before posting this?

    There is clearly an employment anti-discrimination section that does not include sexual orientation or gender status. But you read that, right?

    There is also clearly a section that says bathrooms must be for the biological sex for a person. So a transgender woman, that looks and dresses completely like a woman must embarrass herself and go into the men's restroom because of that. That is discrimination and setting someone up to be hurt or ridiculed.

    So what exactly did you read? I'm really wondering.

    Or do you just think people will take you for your word? What is wrong with you?

  • Dan Wilder Nov 10, 2016
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    I just looked over the HB2 and I can't see anything in it that discriminates against Gays or transgender. I looks in fact like it protects them. So what section of it specifically is the problem where Gays or transgender are being treated differently than anybody else.