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McCrory ends two decades of Democratic governors

Posted November 6, 2012
Updated November 7, 2012

— Pat McCrory easily captured the governor's race Tuesday night, becoming the first Republican to hold North Carolina's highest office in 20 years.

According to unofficial results, the former Charlotte mayor was ahead of Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton 54 to 44 percent, with 32 percent of precincts reporting.

"It's time for a Carolina comeback, and it starts tonight," McCrory told a cheering throng of supporters in Charlotte.

His victory ends 20 years of a Democrat in the Governor's Office. Former Gov. Jim Martin, who served from 1985 to 1993, the last last Republican to lead North Carolina. With GOP control of the legislature as well, the party is poised to win passage of an agenda that was sometimes blocked by Gov. Beverly Perdue in the past two years.

For McCrory, the victory caps a four-year fight to capture the office he narrowly lost to Perdue in 2008. Since then, he has quietly raised money and kept himself in front of groups statewide, which gave him a huge lead in campaign funding and name recognition over potential opponents when Perdue unexpectedly ended her re-election bid in January.

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"Our goal was not just to become governor and get elected," McCrory said in his victory speech. "Our goal was to be governor and to lead – to lead."

Dalton emerged from a primary fight with former Congressman Bob Etheridge and state Rep. Bill Faison in May but was already well behind McCrory in the polls. Despite intense campaigning across the state in recent months and a series of televised debates last month in which he tried to paint himself as the better candidate for schools, business and the middle class, he was never able to close the gap.

"We knew it was tough when we got into this race, and we did the best we could with limited resources," Dalton told his supporters in Raleigh. "We have not lost because we have been on the side of opportunity and progress for this state."

McCrory thanked Dalton and Perdue for their service to the state, and he said he knew what Dalton was going through – having given a similar concession speech four years ago.

During the campaign, McCrory focused on his business background and his ability to work with Democrats on the Charlotte City Council, which he said would help him revive North Carolina's sputtering economy and forge bipartisan coalitions in Raleigh to cut state spending and build toward the future.

He expressed pride Tuesday night that he was able to keep his campaign on a positive note, saying he won the election "the right way."

"Running for elected office can be honorable, and you don't have to tear down another person to make that happen," he said.

Dalton repeatedly tried to portray McCrory as being too business-friendly at the expense of workers, students and senior citizens. He also maintained that McCrory would rubber-stamp legislation backed by the Republican-controlled General Assembly, regardless of how out of step any particular bill is with the general public.

Well-wishers crowded around McCrory after his victory speech, and he told some he liked the moniker "Mayor Pat."

"I'm going to bring a mayor's attitude to the Governor's Office," he said. "People are looking for good leadership, and we're going to start that tomorrow."

Perdue congratulated McCrory on his victory and said her office would work with his staff on the transition to his administration.

"I ask all North Carolinians to come together, put the acrimony behind us, and work with Gov.-elect McCrory to move North Carolina forward," she said in a statement.

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  • pappybigtuna1 Nov 8, 10:52 a.m.

    hope someone has got an eye on perdue, my gut says she is going to pull something before she leaves office. She is a scorned woman and I think we have all seen that side of her.

    Hope she leaves most of the towels and silverware when she leaves

  • maybelle Nov 8, 10:14 a.m.

    I hope Food stamps and Medicaid is reeled in and people who pay no taxes but work and do not leave a peper trail are caught. Also that NC stops paying for Aliens to have babies. If they get pregnant they should be able to pay their own OB and Hospital delivery care.

  • pbjbeach Nov 7, 1:28 p.m.

    I personaly will work to my best ability to insure that mccory is a one term for sure i will personaly make this issues my full time endevor to see to it that he is one an done just as mitch mcconnnal has stated about the president of these united states thank you

  • aamblb Nov 7, 12:57 p.m.

    Thank you Mr McCrory. It's about time. No more Joker.

  • sunneyone2 Nov 7, 12:16 p.m.

    Also, I find it laughable that people are complaining about the Democrats making backroom deals while lauding a Republican being voted in. Do you not see that this is just as bad? Do you not realize that those historical Democrats would be members of the Republican party today? The "Dixiecrats" of days gone by migrated to the Republican party starting with Strom Thurmond in the 1940s. They ran the Republicans of the time out of the party and over to the Democratic party. Same policies and beliefs, different label.

  • pappybigtuna1 Nov 7, 12:15 p.m.

    futhermore I am paying for the employees that administer the retirement program, 3 of those employees make, they do not earn almost $1.5 million dollars combined yearly.

    If they were so great at their job, the fund should pay their saleries, and how many more work in that group that are being paid by the TAX PAYERS

    Quit pamper yourself with warm and fuzzies, and learn the truth

  • sunneyone2 Nov 7, 12:09 p.m.

    Fracking will not make the state self sufficient. The state cannot process whatever is harvested. That will be whatever company he sells us out to. What we'll wind up doing is having to clean up the mess the frackers leave behind.
    He is going to destroy our beautiful state.

  • pbjbeach Nov 7, 12:08 p.m.

    QUSTION TO GERALDWAYNE WHAT THE HECK HAVE YOU BEEN SMOKING FOR YOU TO POST SUCH A POST AS THAT YOU POSTED ON HERE . HAVE YOU COMPLETELY LOST YOUR EVER LASTING MIND. IT WILL NOW STATR FOR SURE A COMPLETE AN TOTAL DOMONATION OF THE STATE TAXPAYERS TEASURAY THE LABOR DEPATMENT AN EVER OTHER STATE AGENCY WHERE THERE WILL NOT BE ABYHTING THAT WILL EVER GET DONE OR ACCOMPLISHED FOR THE STATES TAXPAYERS AGAIN IN THIS STATE IT WILL ALL BE FOR THE COMPLETE DOMONIATION OF THE STATES TAXPAYERS BY THE COPORATE INSTREST AS IT HAS ALMOST BEEN ALREADY UNDER THE PERDUE ADMINSTRACTION FOR HER ENTIRE ADMIN AS HAS BEEN FOR THE COPORATE INSTREST AN THE SPECIAL INSTREST SHE SHOULD NEVER AGIN BE ALLOWED TO RUN FOR ANY OFFICE IN THIS STATE AGAIN.BUT SHE IS PROBABLY WALKING OUT OF OFFICE WITH HER POCKETS STUFF FULL FROM THE COPORATE INSTREST IN THIS STAE FOR HER COMPLETE AN TOAL SELL OUT OF THE STATES TAXPAYERS THANK YOU

  • pappybigtuna1 Nov 7, 12:08 p.m.

    For you all that somehow don't think the tax payers are funding the state retirement program, use your fingers, a calculator what ever you have - 6% before taxes into the fund will not under any circumstances yeild 75% of your base pay at retirement.

    I don't care if you pay into the fund for 100 years, the simple numbers do not work.

    Where do you think that money is coming from? Its mana from heaven

    You need to get your facts straight

  • Lamborghini Mercy Nov 7, 12:00 p.m.

    Damien Thorne - You FAIL to understand. Government stimulus means more of our money taken away. If a job needs to go away then so be it. How does getting rid of a job costing $$$ and paying out unemployment $ cost even more money? Perhaps you should try that math again.

    what good is cutting a deficit if it causes 30% unemployment rates? Who do you think pays for that? And At the end of the day, people's lives are far more important than plus and minus figures. If you cut jobs, who's creating jobs?

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