RALEIGH – Dan Forest continues approaching critical mass in his bid for governor in 2020, getting getting the endorsement of Congressman Mark Walker. The conservative lieutenant governor faces at least one primary challenger already, but a hyped announcement from former Republican Governor Pat McCrory this week left many wondering if he would have another.
Ultimately, McCrory announced he would not disrupt the primary for governor, and Walker’s explicit endorsement of Forest may have helped him make that decision.
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I hope Pat McCrory will join me in recognizing @DanForestNC is a strong conservative leader and the best candidate to win back the Governor’s mansion in 2020. North Carolina wants fresh candidates who have consistently won their elections. #ncpol
— Mark Walker (@Walker4NC) December 19, 2019
McCrory announced on his radio show Thursday morning that, despite a recent push poll showing him winning a hypothetical primary, he did not want to cause disruption and division among Republicans when they should be focused on beating Democrats instead.
Walker, most likely others as well, reminded McCrory that Forest is the conservative with the best chance to give Governor Roy Cooper the boot. Especially being that, of the two, Forest actually won his last statewide election, and did so getting more votes that Roy Cooper did. Hopefully that becomes a trend in 2020.