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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory won his re-election bid over Attorney General Roy Cooper Tuesday night in the highest profile gubernatorial contest in the U.S. McCrory’s victory came despite backlash to the highly-criticized bathroom bill he pushed for and defended throughout the past eight months.

The bill, known as House Bill 2 (HB2), created a firestorm after it was passed in March, which forced transgender individuals to use the bathroom of their biological sex, not the gender they identify as.

Cooper’s campaign was centered around a repeal of HB2, arguing that it “writes discrimination into our law,” adding that it has been a “disaster” for the state’s economy.

Since the bill was signed, high-profile performers and sports associations have pulled their events from the states, including Paul McCartney and the NBA, which moved next year’s all-star game out of Charlotte.

Heading into Tuesday, Cooper held a slim lead over the incumbent Republican, leading by 2.2 points (48.4-46.2 percent) according to the latest RealClearPolitics average.

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