Mecklenburg County appears to abandon McCrory

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Pat McCrory's old stomping grounds have seemingly turned against the North Carolina Governor this election with a vastly different voter outcome in Mecklenburg County than 2012.

In the last general election, McCrory beat out his democratic rival, Walter H. Dalton, with over half a million votes statewide in North Carolina, according to the State Board of Elections. In Mecklenburg County, McCrory passed up Dalton and colored Charlotte's county red with a 3,101 vote lead.

Though the most recent race for North Carolina's governor continues to be 'too close to call,' the State Board of Elections unofficial count shows a wide margin gap in comparison to the 2012 election estimating Democratic challenger Roy Cooper with a significant lead.

Cooper has turned the county blue with a lead of 135,663 votes, the unofficial count of the State Board of Elections says.

 

 

When comparing the two elections precinct maps, previously GOP-dominated areas flipped their votes, favoring the democratic party for the governor's mansion. 

Here's a look at Mecklenburg County's voter outcome for governor in 2012 and below for the unofficial 2016 outcome.

 

 

 

 

Note the drastic switch to blue in areas such as Ballantyne and Lake Norman as well as a large majority of south Charlotte.

While Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton carried out the total lead in Mecklenburg County, Trump trumped in certain precincts where McCrory reportedly fell behind Cooper. In other words, voters marked the ballot for Trump but abandoned the Republican party when voting for governor.

Here's a look at the precincts that flipped from red to blue between the presidential and governor race.

 

 

The governor's race is seemingly deemed 'too close to call' due to the voter outcome outside Mecklenburg County. 

According to the unofficial count of the state board of elections, Cooper's leading the race with 4,979 votes statewide over McCrory, which estimates out to the former attorney general with 48.97 percent to McCrory's 48.86 percent.

While the official outcome of the governor's election remains undecided, The North Carolina State Board of Elections has outlined the process for determining the winner which includes six post-election processes that will be utilized to make sure every vote in the state is tallied. 

On the evening of Election Day, McCrory took the stage to tell supporters that the "election is not yet over in North Carolina." 

McCrory said they're going to make sure every vote counts in the Tar Heel state and the earliest the governor election results will be revealed is November 18.

Cooper took the stage on Election Day telling supporters the soon to be determined results will "confirm victory." 

One of the most dividing and significant issues between the two candidates is their stance on House Bill 2 or "the bathroom law."

Roy Cooper has continued to reiterate throughout his campaign the importance of repealing House Bill 2.

"We know that HB2 is wrong because it writes discrimination into our law," Cooper said. "What we have to do is bring the business community together, bring civil rights groups together, educators together and lets get this general assembly to repeal this law."

While McCrory has continued to defend his stance on the bill.

"If you're a man, you're going to go to the man's locker room, restroom or shower," McCrory said during the Gubernatorial debate. "If you're a woman you're going to go to their appropriate shower."

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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