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McCrory, Cooper clash set for NC governor

Posted March 15

— The much anticipated battle between Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper is now set for November.

Both men easily captured their parties' gubernatorial nominations on Tuesday night.

With 88 percent of precincts reporting, McCrory had 82 percent of the vote, compared with 10 percent for former state lawmaker Robert Brawley and 8 percent for Randleman businessman Charles Moss, according to unofficial results.

On the Democratic side, Cooper led Durham lawyer Ken Spaulding by a 70-30 percent margin, according to unofficial results.

Election/Decision 2016 graphic March 2016 primary results

McCrory has touted economic improvement during his three years in office as the "Carolina Comeback" and has said he should get another term to continue those efforts.

"We focused on rebuilding North Carolina's economy and lifting us out of one of the worst recessions in our state's history," he said on a video posted on Facebook. "We reformed our 60-year-old tax code and updated it for the modern world to unleash the innovative spirit of our entrepreneurs, the world-class work ethic of our farmers and the gritty perseverance of our manufacturing workers."

He cited the passage Tuesday of the $2 billion Connect NC bond referendum as evidence that people across the state can work together toward a common goal.

"We need a governor who will continue this kind of visionary, forward-thinking leadership, focus on solving our state's problems and not take us back," he said in the video. "We can't go back to the days of record-high unemployment. We can't go back to the days of higher taxes and bigger government."

Governor McCrory's Primary Night Victory Message

Thank you, North Carolina! http://join.patmccrory.com/

Posted by Pat McCrory on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Cooper has questioned McCrory's priorities, saying tax cuts the governor has backed have cut into money the candidate says could boost public schools.

"There will be nothing less at stake than the heart and soul of North Carolina this November," Cooper said at a victory party at state Democratic Party headquarters.

He quickly tried to link McCrory to Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, who won in North Carolina on Tuesday.

"Are we really ready for a Trump/McCrory ticket?" Cooper asked, eliciting a chorus of boos. "Their campaigns have a lot in common. They're trying to divide people and turn us against each other.

"Our state is going to be looking for positive leadership and a North Carolina that works for everyone and not the select few," he said. "North Carolina needs a new set of priorities, helping everyone in this improving economy."

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  • David Bunn Mar 16, 2016
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    It wasn't just one instance. And just like the POTUS of the same party, he needs to realize he was elected to uphold the law, regardless of personal feeling. The right and the wrong of the law is for the SCOTUS to sort out. Nor am I saying the things you used as examples were right, please do not twist my words to your liking.

  • Ben Wellington Mar 16, 2016
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    McCrory is underrated as a governor, he is doing well especially when uoi consider he has to get things done with Obama wrecking the economy with reckless spending and taxation.

  • Mike Dean Mar 16, 2016
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    Bye Bye McCrory

  • Tandy Dawgy Mar 16, 2016
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    Yep, actually North Carolina saw some of its greatest growth and advancement under Hunt and Easley. So yes, I would in that example vote for Cooper!

    Perdue couldn't punch her way out of a paper bag, much less the economic chaos that eight years of your boy Bush's economic policies wrought on our poor nation.

  • Tandy Dawgy Mar 16, 2016
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    Oh, so if the "will of the people" was that African-Americans have to use separate water fountains and rest rooms, that would be okay? If the "will of the people" is that women should not vote, Roy should defend that too?

    Sorry, sometimes the people are wrong.

  • Larry Wiandt Mar 16, 2016
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    Agreed that Pat hasn't been the best but Roy refused to follow the law while in the Attorney General position.

  • David Bunn Mar 16, 2016
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    Cooper lost all credibility when he refused to defend the will of North Carolinians.

  • Hamilton Bean Mar 16, 2016
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    Are we ready for a Cooper/Clinton ticket? 4 more years of Obama's failed policies ?

  • Steve Moore Mar 16, 2016
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    If you liked Hunt, Easley and Purdue you will love Roy Cooper. Just another tired old tax and spend career politician Obama Democrat.

  • Phillip Mozingo Mar 16, 2016
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    We'll see what the people say in November. I would rather have McCrory than a liberal like Cooper.

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