NC Governor launches anti-trans attack ad against Democrat opponent

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory makes remarks concerning House Bill 2 while speaking during a government affairs conference in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, May 4, 2016. A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can't be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department has said. AP Photo/Gerry Broome

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is getting increasingly desperate as polls show him losing his re-election race to opponent Roy Cooper. Now McCrory has launched a campaign ad against Cooper implying transgender people are child rapists.

Currently the state’s Attorney General, Cooper has been vocal in his opposition to HB2, the state law that mandates where transgender people can use the restroom and removed local nondiscrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Cooper has refused to defend the law against ongoing court case over the legality of the law.

The latest polling shows McCrory down nine points, with many potential voters citing the discriminatory law and the national backlash against it as their primary motivation for voting against the current Governor. A majority of poll respondents opposed the law, 55%-36%.

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