North Carolina’s Anti-LGBTQ Former Governor Might Run Again Amid Strong Polling

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Former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, who signing the infamous anti-LGBTQ bill HB2 into law back in 2016, is once again talking about possibly running for his old office, with a poll showing him leading in the Republican primary.

McCrory was defeated after serving just one term by Democratic Governor Roy Cooper, who ran on a platform of returning the state to the days before the legislation brought boycotts and condemnation.

“This is a decision for me and my family,” McCrory said regarding his political future, on his morning radio show that airs on WBT in Charlotte.

Pat McCrory

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McCrory’s comment was a reaction to a new Civitas poll showing him leading Lt. Gov. Dan Forest—who kicked off his campaign for the gubernatorial race back in August—43% to 31% among likely GOP primary voters. State Rep. Holly Grange netted 3%, and another 25% said they were undecided.

The poll was conducted with 500 likely Republican primary voters in the state and the margin of error is +/-4.38%.

Following McCrory’s loss it looked like he might be headed for a position in the Trump administration, but he was ultimately deemed too problematic, in part due to the backlash over HB2.

In addition to possibly running for governor once again, McCrory has floated the idea of running for U.S. Senate.

Below is video of McCrory from back in January talking about possibly running for office again.

He will have to make his decision soon, with candidate filing ending December 20 at noon.

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