If you weren’t hiding under a table and drinking a tear-filled cocktail last week on Election Night, you may remember that something good actually happened that night — North Carolina’s transphobic governor Pat McCrory lost his re-election bid against his Democrat opponent Roy Cooper. But here’s the thing: Cooper won by only 5,000 votes in a race where 4.6 million people voted, and that margin of victory is small enough to give McCrory the right to call for a recount, meaning that we might not know who won until well after Thanksgiving.
And if that doesn’t cook your goose (err… turkey), The Washington Post says, “McCrory isn’t willing to concede until thousands of provisional, absentee and military ballots are counted and the election results certified by state election officials” — he’s even hired lawyers to contest the results if Cooper wins.
If Cooper wins, it’ll be quite the Christmakwanzakah present for Democrats who got otherwise trounced during the elections; it’ll also be a stinging rebuke against McCrory for signing HB2, America’s most transphobic bill, into law. But sadly HB2 won’t be going anywhere soon. North Carolina’s legislature is still largely ruled by Republicans and courts have declined to rule on HB2’s constitutionality until the Supreme Court hears a case on whether banning trans people from bathrooms matching their gender identity violates Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments Act which states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
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