Like Republican Senator Richard Burr, McCrory has been tainted by the aftermath of HB2, a law requiring transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding with the gender on their birth certificate, which has prompted a court challenge and boycotts. McCrory was caught off guard by the big business backlash to the bill he signed into law, and Cooper took advantage of that by painting McCrory as a leader who makes policy decisions that are bad for business.
Leading up to election night, surveys showed McCrory trailing his Democratic challenger.
Cooper has been North Carolina's attorney general since 2001.
McCrory, a former Duke Energy executive and Charlotte mayor, won an 11-point victory four years ago. But he has faced a number of controversies during his tenure. Conservative legislation, including the HB2 "bathroom bill," has sparked protests and caused sports organizations to pull major events from the state.
North Carolina voted for Republican businessman Donald Trump in Tuesday’s presidential election.
Earlier versions of this story stated that Democrat Roy Cooper is the incumbent in the race to be governor of North Carolina. Gov. Pat McCrory is the incumbent Governor of the state.
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