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Josh Stein, Mark Robinson win 2024 gubernatorial primary races

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North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein (left) and Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson won the Democratic and Republican primaries, respectively, for governor of North Carolina. Robinson photo courtesy of Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer/TNS.

According to unofficial results, Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson and Attorney General Josh Stein each convincingly won their primary races for governor Tuesday night, setting up a long-anticipated, nationally watched and competitive gubernatorial election in November.

Robinson won his race over competitors Bill Graham and Dale Folwell, current state treasurer, with just over 63 percent of the vote. Stein won his race over four other candidates — including former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Michael Morgan — with just over 70 percent of the vote.

Republican winner

Robinson has long been the front-runner for the Republican governor nomination and was endorsed by former President Donald Trump — who recently called Robinson "Martin Luther King on steroids." Robinson made his name when a speech he gave to the Greensboro City Council went viral, but has more recently been widely criticized for antisemitic, sexist and anti-LGBTQ+ comments.

In a Facebook post from 2017, Robinson called reports of the Holocaust "hogwash." During a speech at a conservative convention in 2022, he said the country is "called to be led by men." He has often disparaged transgender and nonbinary people, calling them "filth" in a speech in 2021. He has also suggested science and history be cut from most elementary school curricula and advocated for a total ban on abortions, with no exceptions.

As lieutenant governor, Robinson spearheaded the F.A.C.T.S — Fairness and Accountability in the Classroom for Teachers and Students —task force, which aims to investigate "examples of discrimination or harassment related to a student’s faith, ethnicity, worldview, or political beliefs" in North Carolina schools.

Democratic winner

Stein has served as the state’s current attorney general since 2017 — he has pursued legal action against DuPont Chemicals for polluting the Cape Fear River, participated in national lawsuits against Meta and Juul

He follows Roy Cooper in running for governor as a current attorney general. He was endorsed by Cooper, former governor Jim Hunt, Jeff Jackson and U.S. Rep. Valerie Foushee (D-4th).  His platform advocates for abortion rights, Medicaid and further funding N.C. public schools.

Stein visited UNC campus earlier this semester and participated in get-out-the-vote efforts for students. 

Stein has criticized Robinson’s aggressive statements on abortion, gun policy and the LGBTQ+ community. Stein,  the first Jewish person to be elected to statewide office in N.C, has called Robinson an extremist for targeted comments against Jewish individuals. Robinson denied instances of antisemitism and called for a statewide day of prayer for Israel amidst the ongoing Israel-Hamas war in Gaza while acting as governor in October.

Stein ran against Gary Foxx, Morgan, Marcus Williams and Chrelle Booker. Morgan earned about 14 percent of the vote.

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Ethan E. Horton

Ethan E. Horton is the 2023-24 city & state editor at The Daily Tar Heel. He has previously served as a city & state assistant editor and as the 2023 summer managing editor. Ethan is a senior pursuing a double major in journalism and media and political science, with a minor in history.

Walker Livingston

Walker Livingston is the 2024 enterprise managing editor at The Daily Tar Heel. She has previously served as summer city & state editor and assistant city & state editor. Walker is a sophomore pursuing a double major in journalism and media and American studies, with a minor in data science.