RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Wednesday protesters stood in front of the governor’s mansion with a clear message for Pat McCrory: “pack your bags.”
A group of 15 to 20 people from social justice groups around the state held the protest, which came as preliminary results showed Democrat Roy Cooper up by about 5,000 votes against incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory.
Protesters celebrated what they presumed to be a Cooper victory and demanded McCrory concede. They also said they want three pieces of legislation repealed, including House Bill Two, within the first 100 days that Cooper is in office as governor.
“I think it’s a positive sign, while North Carolinians fell into the Trump trap, like a lot of the rest of the country, we were very clear about this person,” Bryan Proffitt, a teacher in Durham County, said. “I think the fact he has so brutally attacked public schools is one of the central reasons.”
Laila Nur of Durham said, “I think what’s really important that people stay in the community and keep these conversations going. I think that’s probably the only thing you can do at this point is try to organize more people to start being really engaged in politics and knowing what’s happening locally, and voting locally is really important.”