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Conservative Republican Mark Robinson Becomes North Carolina’s First Black Lieutenant Governor

North Carolina elected Republican Mark Robinson on Tuesday, the state’s first African-American lieutenant governor.

Robinson defeated Democrat Yvonne Lewis Holley, also African-American, with 51% of the vote.

“WE DID IT!” his campaign announced via Facebook.

“As I said last night, I will fight for every North Carolinian, and it will be the greatest honor of my life to serve you as Lt. Governor.”

Robinson’s goals, as per his campaign website, are to defend unborn life, the Second Amendment, law enforcement, school choice, and to improve the state’s care for veterans.

Robinson has spent his entire life in Greensboro, North Carolina. He was the 9th of 10 children in a home plagued by alcoholism and domestic abuse. He and his siblings ended up in foster care, and in high school, he joined the Army Reserves.

In 2018, Robinson defended the Second Amendment before the Greensboro City Council in a video that went viral. According to his website, it has been viewed over 150 million times.

In the wake of the Parkland High School shooting in Florida, the council had been considering banning a gun and knife show at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Robinson scolded the council for going after law-abiding citizens:

“When are y’all going to start standing up for the majority?” he asked. “And here’s who the majority is: I’m the majority. I’m a law-abiding citizen who’s never shot anybody, never committed a serious crime, never committed a felony….But it seems like every time we have one of these shootings, nobody wants to put the blame where it goes, which is at the shooter’s feet. You wanna put it at my feet.”

Despite the conservative victory, Democratic Governor Roy Cooper retained his seat.

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