North Carolina Republican Governor Pat McCrory is in the political fight of his life in his reelection battle against Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper this cycle. While McCrory might not prevail in 2016, his victory in 2012 was notable in one respect: he became the first GOPer to be elected governor of North Carolina with a sitting Democratic president since 1900. Democrats had won the previous dozen such contests since the turn of the 20th Century and the Tar Heel State is now second only to Hawaii (0.0 percent) with the lowest percentage of gubernatorial victories by Republicans with a Democrat in the White House during this 115+ year span at just 7.7 percent. South Dakota (95.7 percent), Pennsylvania (85.7 percent), Wisconsin (83.3 percent), and Kansas (82.3 percent) rank the highest.


  1. Nikoli Orr on October 28, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Well, there is 2020 if McCrory loses this time – though by then he may end up competing against (either incumbent or former) Senator Richard Burr.

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