RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) - Republican Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper clinched their party's nomination for governor Tuesday night.
"I'm honored to receive the nomination of the Democratic Party tonight. For too long, we have seen Governor McCrory handout tax giveaways to the large corporations at the expense of public education and the middle class. But the damage done is only a hint of what's in store under a Trump, McCrory Administration," Cooper said in a statement after the victory.
"We need a new set of priorities. A focus on helping incomes rise, putting more money back in the pockets of middle class families, and helping small businesses start up and grow," Cooper continued. "With the help of our grassroots supporters, we will work to make sure our state works for everyone, not just the select few."
Governor McCrory released a video statement on Facebook about his win.
McCrory is running for a second four-year term while Cooper, a Democrat, is seeking to challenge McCrory for the state's top job. Cooper was running against attorney and former state lawmakers Ken Spaulding for the Democratic nomination.
McCrory faced challenges from two people in his party: former state lawmakers Robert Brawley and Montgomery County real estate broker Charles Moss, who used his Social Security check to pay his filing fee to get on the ballot.
Brawley's candidacy largely stemmed from an opposition to the toll lanes that are being built along I-77. The lanes, which have been pushed by McCrory and his Department of Transportation, have been a hot-button issue in northern Mecklenburg and Iredell counties.
McCrory was expected to speak Tuesday night at a party in support of the Connect NC Bond referendum. In an email early Tuesday, a campaign spokesman said the Governor had "been traveling the state extensively to make the case for the Connect NC bond to the public, legislature and media."
A spokesman for Cooper's campaign said the Attorney General would watch election returns at home before traveling to the North Carolina Democratic Party's headquarters in downtown Raleigh to address supporters.