Republican Governors praise North Carolina nominee Mark Robinson

The Republican Governors Association (RGA), which advocates for the election of Republicans to Governor’s Offices nationwide, is celebrating Mark Robinson’s victory in the North Carolina GOP gubernatorial Primary.

North Carolina GOP Primary voters elected Robinson to replace term-limited Democrat Roy Cooper. Robinson will face the state’s current Democratic Attorney General, Josh Stein, in the General Election.

The RGA cheered Robinson’s victory, while cautioning voters not to support four more years of liberal policymaking.

“North Carolina families want someone whose conservative policies will deliver results by expanding opportunity, security and freedom,” RGA Chairman and Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said.

“From investing in safe neighborhoods to driving economic prosperity, Mark Robinson will put the people of North Carolina first. This is in stark contrast from the Democrats’ ideas and agenda that have failed America at the federal level and will fail North Carolina at the state level. The RGA congratulates Mark Robinson on his win and we look forward to supporting him in the General Election.”

Robinson defeated state Treasurer Dale Folwell and trial lawyer Bill Graham in Tuesday’s GOP Primary. If he wins in November, he would be the state’s first Black Governor. Robinson is already serving as the state’s first Black Lieutenant Governor.

The Primary was an expensive one, and is expected to get even more expensive in a hotly contested General Election that sees the GOP hopeful to flip power to their side in the executive branch. Robinson and Stein raised a combined $30 million through their candidate committees.

Robinson is a former factory worker who rose to political prominence after a 2018 speech to his hometown City Council went viral. He has a coveted — though some believe counterproductive — endorsement from former President Donald Trump.

Robinson has been a controversial figure who has, at times, made incendiary comments about LGBTQ+ issues and women in Christian leadership. And Robinson once called former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a “heifer” and former First Lady Michelle Obama a man.

The GOP already holds a narrow veto-proof majority in both chambers of the state Legislature and control the state Supreme Court. Now they’re looking for the trifecta by putting a Republican in the Governor’s Mansion, something that has been elusive for the party. Democrats have lost just one Governor’s race since 1992.

The RGA is already buying in. On Wednesday, just hours after Robinson was declared the party nominee, the group launched a website attacking Stein, though it did not specifically mention Robinson.

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. In early 2022, she left the business to serve as Communications Director for St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch. After leaving the administration, Janelle briefly worked as a communications consultant for candidates, businesses and non-profits, before accepting her position as Publisher for Southeast Politics, a homecoming of sorts to her Florida Politics roots, where she served as a reporter and editor for several years. Janelle has also held roles covering the intersection of politics and business for the Tampa Bay Business Journal and general assignment news with an emphasis on social justice and climate change for WMNF Community Radio, where she also hosted a political call-in show under several names, including Last Call, Midpoint and The Scoop. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at [email protected]

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