Republican Mark Robinson is set to become North Carolina’s first Black lieutenant governor, defeating another African-American, Democrat Yvonne Lewis Holley.
The New York Times called the race for Robinson, who will be making history not only as the first African-American to fill the seat but also as just the second Black person to hold a position on the North Carolina Council of State.
He will also become the first African American Republican to win a major seat in the Council since the 1800s.
Robinson defeated his Democrat opponent 52%-48% with a 175,500-vote advantage. Holley reportedly already called Robinson to concede.
The lieutenant governor, which has a two-term limit, leads the state’s Senate but could only vote to break a tie more like the US vice president, voting to break a tie in the Senate.
North Carolina’s Roy Cooper, a Democrat, will however, maintain his seat after defeating current Lt. Governor, Dan Forest who is a Republican.
Robinson, 52, attracted nationwide attention back in 2016 after his impassioned speech about defending the Second Amendment went viral.
The viral pro-gun speech
“I didn’t have time to write a fancy speech … What I really came down here for is this, I’ve heard a whole lot of people in here talking tonight about this group and that group and domestic violence and blacks and these minorities and that minority. What I want to know is when are you all going to start standing up for the majority? And here’s who the majority is, I’m the majority,” Robinson said back then.
“I’m a law-abiding citizen whose never shot anybody, never committed a serious crime, never committed a felony. I’ve never done anything like that. But it seems like every time we have one of these shootings, nobody wants to blame, put the blame where it goes, which is at the shooter’s feet. You want to put it at my feet. You want to turn around and restrict my right — constitutional right — it’s spelled out in black and white,” he added.
“You want to restrict my right to buy a firearm and protect myself from some of the very people you’re talking about in here tonight. It’s ridiculous, I don’t think I could come up with a better script. It does not make any sense.”
Robinson lamented how the law-abiding citizens end up being the “first one taxed and the last ones considered.” He noted that those who follow the rules are also the “first ones punished” and the ones whose “rights are being taken away.”
“You can take the guns away from us all you want to, you all write a law, I follow the law, I’ll bring my guns down here, I’ll turn them in. But here’s what’s going to happen, the Crips and The Bloods on the other side town, they’re not going to turn their guns in, they’re going to hold on to them.”
“They’re still going to break in my house and they’re still going to shoot me with them and guess who is going to be the one that suffers? It’s going to be me. Well, I’m here to tell you tonight, it’s not going to happen without a fight … I’m going to come down here to this city council and raise hell just like these loonies from the Left do until you listen to the majority of the people in this city and I am the majority.”
He went on to say that law-abiding citizens just want to keep their constitutional right to be able to bear arms.
“The bottom line is, when the Second Amendment was written, whether the framers liked it or not, they wrote it for everybody and I am everybody and the law-abiding citizens of this city are everybody and we want our rights and we want to keep our rights. And by God we’re going to keep them, come hell or high water.”
Robinson ran as a political outsider with no prior experience in politics.
Source: The Scoop