The people of North Carolina have elected Roy Cooper as governor — but Pat McCrory refuses to respect the will of the voters.
Even with Roy Cooper’s more than 10,000 vote margin of victory, Pat has yet to concede.
Take action and tell McCrory it’s time to end his campaign:
“Pull the plug on this, concede the election.” – U.S. Congressman G.K. Butterfield
“The bottom line is that Governor McCrory should have conceded and now should concede.” – U.S. Congressman David Price
“Governor McCrory should concede.” – NC Senator Terry Van Duyn
“McCrory needs to be a statesman and do what the voters wanted and concede this race.” – NC Represenative Tricia Cotham
“If every contested vote outstanding went for the Governor, he still could not overcome his deficit.” – NC Representative Susi Hamilton
Charlotte Observer: The bigger threat to NC election integrity? So far, it’s McCrory: How many cases of actual, intentional voter fraud have been documented thus far? How many total votes would be affected by the election protests that are still to be investigated? Thus far, neither number approaches Cooper’s lead in the race.
Fayetteville Observer: Our View: McCrory’s election challenges are puzzling, at best: We don’t have certain evidence yet that the governor is playing a delay game, but what’s happening sure doesn’t pass a sniff test.
Greensboro News & Record: Our Opinion: A corrupt election?: But the Republican governor’s campaign has gone too far in making reckless allegations of fraud and trying to implicate Cooper, the Democratic attorney general.
News and Observer: For McCrory, failed vote challenges show it’s time to concede: The governor could serve the people well one more time by calling off his protests and conceding the election to Cooper. Certainly if the roles were reversed, that’s what he’d be calling on Cooper to do.
Greenville Daily Reflector: Governor’s challenge has gone far enough: If any race was “rigged” this election year, it might be North Carolina’s race for governor — not rigged to determine the winner, but seemingly to drag as much confusion, anguish and discontent as possible out of voters in both parties… It is time for Gov. Pat McCrory to concede and preserve what’s left of his good will and dignity — and the people’s.
The Wilson Times: Drawn-out race for N.C. governor hurts confidence: The progressive watchdog group N.C. Policy Watch reported that most of the challenges came from voters who are Republican Party officials or are associated with the McCrory campaign. So far, the questioned ballots are minimal — a few hundred in a race separated by at least 6,600 votes — and are not holding up especially well. And the local boards that are judging the protests all have Republican majorities.
WRAL: Editorial: McCrory’s baseless claims of election fraud unfairly demean voters: Democrat Roy Cooper got the most votes on Nov. 8 and Republican McCrory did not. With every count of provisional and absentee ballots, with every review of local challenges, Cooper’s lead has only solidified.
Durham Herald Sun: A Lost Cause?: The local board, dominated by the governor’s Republican party, brushed aside the protests. That partisan majority is a critically important point; every county board in the state – and the state board – has a Republican majority. And board after board has dismissed protests.
Lincoln Times News: An End In Sight?: North Carolina has been the punch line of enough jokes in the past year. An unnecessarily drawn-out election of the state’s executive could harm our reputation even more. The state, and McCrory, should act to end this fiasco.
The Daily Advance: In Raleigh, GOP fears losing grip on absolute power: McCrory, however, has refused to concede the election to Cooper. Instead, he and N.C. Republican Party operatives have unleashed a torrent of outrageous and irresponsible attacks on the conduct of the election, claiming it was rife with illegal voting by convicted felons and people impersonating dead people.
The New York Times: North Carolina’s Sore Loser: Mr. McCrory has refused to concede, and despite having no path to victory, he has been engaged in an all-out assault on the integrity of the election system. His fight appears likely to serve as rationale for a renewed effort in the legislature to make North Carolina’s voting laws and regulations even more onerous.
Charlotte Observer: McCrory will be remembered for this lack of grace:He and his fellow scaremongers have disrespected democracy and honest election workers of both parties while slandering innocent North Carolina citizens by recklessly accusing them of felonies. In doing so, he has further tarnished his already-stained legacy and will be remembered always for the lack of grace he showed in what may be his final election.
The News and Observer: Desperate days for McCrory: More than three weeks after Election Day, Gov. Pat McCrory is continuing his campaign — to carve a legacy as a sore loser. If the incumbent governor doesn’t concede the election to Attorney General Roy Cooper — now leading by 9,700 votes — he’ll ruin his political legacy, such as it is.
The News and Record: Our Opinion: Near the finish line: Roy Cooper’s narrow lead over Pat McCrory in the North Carolina governor’s race has doubled in the three weeks since Election Day. Protests, recounts and possible legal challenges aren’t likely to change the final outcome.