>> One of the most competitive races in the country is not for the White House. The battle to be the next Governor of North Carolina is one of 12 Governor seats being decided Tuesday. And in a year of police shootings, protests, historic hurricane flooding, and voting rights clashes, a battle over bathrooms could prove pivotal as incumbent Pat McCrory fights to keep his job.
Reuters correspondent Colleen Jenkins is in Winston Salem.>> Governor McCrory appears to have gotten a boost in polls for his administrations response to the historic flooding in the state following Hurricane Matthew. But a major issue in the North Carolina Governor's race has been a law that was passed in March that bans transgender people from using publicly owned bathrooms that match their gender identity, and limits nondiscrimination protections for gays and lesbians.
The bathroom bill known as HB 2 continues to loom large in this toss up race. Most recent surveys show democratic challenger Roy Cooper with a slight edge.>> The backlash to that law has been fierce and continued throughout the year and has been blamed for a hundreds of millions of dollars in the economic loses as well as the relocation of major sporting events including the NBA all star game.
Given his support of the bill a McCrory lost could have huge national impact.>> Opponents of the measure have done their best to make the incumbent the face of the unpopular law. They say if he loses on Tuesday the vote could have national implications. Conservative law makers and other states are expected to pursue similar measures when legislators return next year.
But doing so pro equality advocates say will put their political futures at risk.>> Keep our citizens safe.