By Jason O'Boyd, Staff Writer
Friday, November 9, 2012 —
The Charlotte Curse is over.
Republican Pat McCroy, the former mayor of Charlotte, was elected governor of North Carolina in Tuesday’s state election, beating Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, a Democrat. After narrowly losing the 2008 race for the office to current governor Beverly Purdue, McCroy proved the second time was the charm.
McCrory, who served seven terms as Charlotte mayor before stepping down in 2009, received 2,446,780 votes (54.68 percent) to Dalton’s 1,931,223 votes (43.16 percent). Libertarian Barbara Howe received 95,091 votes (2.13 percent)
In Stanly County, McCrory easily won by a margin of 21,278 (75.21 percent) to 6,621 (23.40). Howe received 391 votes (1.38 percent).
“If we all exceed our potential, North Carolina will be number one again,” McCrory told supporters at his victory celebration Tuesday night.
“Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for a North Carolina comeback.”
McCrory becomes the first politician who also has served as Charlotte’s mayor to win the governor’s race. He is also the first Charlottean elected to the office since Cameron Harris was governor from 1921-25.
“Bob (Dalton) and I would like to congratulate Pat McCrory on his election as North Carolina’s next governor,” Perdue said in a statement released Tuesday night.
“We spoke briefly this evening by phone and I offered him my full assistance in his transition to our state’s highest office.”
McCrory will be the first Republican governor elected to office since James G. Martin was chosen and served two terms beginning in 1985. McCrory is also just the fifth Republican governor elected to the office in the state’s history.
When the final gubernatorial election returns came in 2008, many believed McCroy, who had never lost an election before, would jump into the ring again in 2012. His cause was pushed greatly with the news that current governor Beverly Purdue was not going to seek re-election.
McCrory is credited with helping Charlotte reach a new plateau among other cities in the country, which has led to a number of big businesses moving to Charlotte. Now he’s hoping the success he’s had in Charlotte can be translated to success for the state, which is currently fifth in the country in unemployment at 9.6 percent.
“People are hurting right now. People are worried about their future, and that’s what we’re going to begin working on immediately,” McCrory said.
McCrory will be the 74th governor of the state and will be sworn into office in January.