Pat McCrory

Incumbent McCrory Concedes in North Carolina Governor’s Race
Comes nearly four weeks after Election Day

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory conceded to Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper in the state's governor's race. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

North Carolina's Republican Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday conceded to challenger Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, ending a weeks-long battle over recounts.

McCrory had previously expressed concerns about voter fraud and discrepancies, but on Monday he released a video saying it was time to move on.

Still No N.C. Governor-Elect as Voting Charges Echo Trump’s Claims
McCrory may have to concede it’s less about the system than about him

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory speaks at the Wake County Republican Party 2016 County Convention at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, in Raleigh, N.C., in March 2016. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Nov. 8 was weeks ago, and yet the election’s aftermath continues. On the national stage and in the headlines, the winners, losers and those who barely made a dent are unhappy and are doing something about it, from recounts to tweets to repeating debunked conspiracy theories of hordes of illegal voters.

In North Carolina, folks are saying, “Welcome to the club!”

Democrats Ask McCrory to Concede N.C. Governor’s Race
Republican incumbent refuses, alleges mass voter fraud

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is not ready to concede the gubernatorial race. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Two weeks after election night, North Carolina Democrats are urging incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory to concede.

Democratic challenger, state Attorney General Roy Cooper, leads McCrory by around 6,600 votes, according to the state elections board, The Charlotte Observer reported. The Associated Press vote count puts Cooper ahead by just over 4,700 votes.  

African-Americans Hear Trump Loud and Clear
GOP nominee shows little understanding of black Americans' hopes and dreams

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, seen at a July rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, is suggesting African Americans don't know what's good for them, writes Mary C. Curtis. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s so refreshing to know that Donald Trump cares about me. I was in that Charlotte crowd when he made one of his first outreach efforts to African-Americans. Because the supportive Trump fans gathered in the portioned-off section of the convention center included few actual African-Americans, he could very well have been talking just to me when he said Democrats and Hillary Clinton have totally taken African-American votes for granted. “What do you have to lose by trying something new?” he asked.

That appearance set the tone and backdrop for the Republican presidential nominee’s practice of talking about African-Americans to predominantly white audiences. Though I was joined by members of a local black church that has endorsed Trump, and we were all carefully watched by a diverse group of unsmiling security personnel whose glances I tried to avoid so I would not meet the same fate as an Indian-American Trump supporter tossed out of a rally when he was profiled as a potential troublemaker.

North Carolina Governor Asks Supreme Court to Reinstate Voter ID Law
McCrory asks for stay of lower court's ruling and shorter early voting period in place for November elections

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory wants the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court's decision that struck down the state's voter ID law. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday evening requested that the U.S. Supreme Court reinstate the state's voter ID law, which was thrown out by a federal appeals court last month.

The Republican governor requested a stay of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling so that the law would be in effect for the November general election. His administration plans to petition the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of the decision. 

Volatile Climate Makes N.C. Governor Vulnerable
LGBT bathroom bill, strong Democratic challenger put McCrory on defense

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory faces a tough re-election fight against state Attorney General Roy Cooper. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Pat McCrory was the first Republican elected governor of North Carolina in 20 years, so it’s no surprise that his re-election prospects are challenging. But the governor looked like a narrow favorite this year until the nationwide controversy over House Bill 2: Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act.  

The bill spurred a national conversation about public bathrooms and whether transgender people may use restrooms consistent with their gender identity, even if it doesn’t match the gender on their birth certificate. Politically, the issue has enflamed both sides.  

White House: Transgender Guidance Offers 'Practical Suggestions'
N.C. governor blasts move, says Obama lacks proper authority

A gender neutral sign is posted outside a bathrooms at Oval Park Grill on May 11 in Durham, N.C. Debate over transgender bathroom access spreads nationwide as the U.S. Department of Justice countersues North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory from enforcing the provisions of House Bill 2 (HB2) that dictate what bathrooms transgender individuals can use. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

The Obama administration is defending guidance it sent to public schools across the country stating transgender students should be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice, saying it contains “practical suggestions.”  

The Education and Justice departments on Friday sent the guidance to school administrators in the midst of an ongoing legal battle with North Carolina over its controversial law prohibiting transgender individuals from using the bathroom of the gender they prefer.  

NC Senator: Congress Should Stay Out of Bathroom Issue
Burr calls NC GOP governor 'off base' for seeking congressional action

North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr said Congress did not need to get involved in the dispute over his state's recently passed House Bill 2 law. ( Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

North Carolina's senior senator said his state's Gov. Pat McCrory is "off base" in calling for congressional intervention to resolve a state dispute over restroom access for transgender people .  

“I've never seen Congress get involved in judicial matters and this is turned over to the court system now,” Republican Sen. Richard M. Burr said Tuesday. “So, I think the governor's off base.”  

North Carolina Sues Over Transgender Bathroom Law
Move against Justice Department could shape similar legislation nationwide

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is calling for a federal resolution to the controversy over transgender restroom laws.  (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

North Carolina officials asked a federal district court Monday to settle the controversy over its law restricting the restroom use of transgender people — a move that could ultimately shape the future of similar legislation across the country.

Gov. Pat McCrory and Frank Perry, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, filed  a federal lawsuit  in North Carolina asking a judge to find that the Republican-backed House Bill 2 law does not violate the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964.