CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Improving the economy and strengthening our job market are two things on the mind of voters in North Carolina on Election Day, specifically when choosing between the candidates for Governor.
The race for Governor of North Carolina between Governor Pat McCrory and Democratic challenger, Attorney General Roy Cooper, has heated since the debate over House Bill 2 or "the bathroom law."
The controversial bill forbids transgender people from using the bathroom they identify with, but enforcing that they use the public restroom that correlates with the gender they were born.
House Bill 2 has led to the loss of jobs and hundreds of millions in lost revenue for North Carolina.
It has also become the key issue of the campaign for North Carolina's Governor.
Roy Cooper has continued to reiterate throughout his campaign the importance of repealing House Bill 2.
"We know that HB2 is wrong because it writes discrimination into our law," Cooper said. "What we have to do is bring the business community together, bring civil rights groups together, educators together and lets get this general assembly to repeal this law."
While McCrory has continued to defend his stance on the bill.
"If you're a man, you're going to go to the man's locker room, restroom or shower," McCrory said during the Gubernatorial debate. "If you're a woman you're going to go to their appropriate shower."
“For our schools, for our highway rest stops, for our parks, for our universities I believe we ought to do it the way we always did it,” said McCrory.
But to do it the way, "it’s always been done" is costing the state millions. The Charlotte Chamber has estimated HB2’s economic impact at $285 million in addition to a loss of more than 1,300 Charlotte Area jobs. Raleigh is estimating $40 million dollars in losses.
Lionsgate has pulled filming from the state, concerts and theater productions such has Wicked have canceled, and for the first time since 1985, North Carolina will not host a postseason college basketball tournament after the NCAA decided to pull multiple championship games from the state. The ACC followed suit, announcing the ACC Championship football game will be moved out of Charlotte, a loss estimated at $32 million.
But despite the losses, Governor McCrory says he won’t be backing down until the supreme court rules, giving a clear definition of one’s gender – whether it’s what you were born as, or how you identify.
Election Day will not only determine the next governor, it will determine whether House Bill 2 continues to be lawful in the state of North Carolina.