Democratic candidate and Attorney General Roy Cooper has a lead over Gov. Pat McCrory, polling at 48.5 percent to McCrory’s 44.5 percent, according to the Real Clear Politics polling average.
Michael Bitzer, a professor of political science at Catawba College, said the negative publicity surrounding HB2 has hurt McCrory. He said McCrory’s emphasis on economic recovery in his campaign is at odds with his support of HB2.
A recent High Point University poll found 61 percent of N.C. prospective voters said the economic impact of HB2 has been large.
“He’s trying to make it an election about the economy and about how things have come back for the state,” Bitzer said. “But when you have major companies like the ACC and the NCAA announce that they’re pulling out of the state, that tends to take a narrative that doesn’t fit with how he’s trying to frame the issue.”