Gov. Roy Cooper projected to win reelection, lieutenant governor race not yet called

Gov. Roy Cooper projected to win reelection, lieutenant governor race not yet called

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that North Carolina would move into Phase 3 of reopening Friday at 5 p.m. Incumbent Roy Cooper, a Democrat, has been projected by NBC News to win the 2020 North Carolina governor race. As of 10:40 p.m., Cooper led Republican Dan Forest, the current Lieutenant Governor, by approximately 258,000 votes, or about 4.8%. As of 10:40 p.m.., 92% of votes cast in North Carolina had been reported. In recent polls , Cooper has led Forest by 10% to 13%. While the candidates’ platforms differ on numerous issues, the campaign has largely centered on their disagreement over Cooper’s COVID-19 response. Shortly after the first COVID-19 cases were detected in North Carolina, Cooper declared a state of emergency and placed tight restrictions on schools, homes and businesses. Despite Cooper’s response to the pandemic being more cautious than that of most southern governors, his tactics have polled fairly well among North Carolinians, particularly compared to the president’s approach. Dan Forest has repeatedly criticized Roy Cooper’s COVID-19 response and has instructed North Carolinians to keep the pandemic “in perspective.” He has also hosted numerous in-person campaign events, with many attendees not masked or socially distanced. Recently, a positive COVID-19 test was linked to one of these rallies. Other than maintaining the course of his COVID-19 response, Cooper’s platform includes investment in renewable energy, improving access to early childhood education and continuing disaster recovery and preparation efforts. While in office, Cooper’s key achievements have included issuing a Clean Energy […]

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