By Robert A. Vella
Hillary Clinton lost the swing state of North Carolina to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election by 3.7%, or by approximately 176,000 votes. Yet, fellow Democrat Roy Cooper appears to have defeated incumbent Republican Pat McCrory in that state’s governor race by about 10,000 votes. Furthermore, voter turnout in North Carolina neared 65%, some 7 points higher than the national average (high voter turnout generally favors Democrats).
It is acknowledged that Governor McCrory was a divisive figure, but no more so than the irreverent Mr. Trump. If Hillary was the best candidate for the Democratic Party to nominate, as they continue to insist, then why did she perform so poorly in North Carolina?