RALEIGH – Lieutenant Governor and 2020 Republican gubernatorial hopeful Dan Forest responds to the announcement from N.C. House member Holly Grange (R-New Hanover) that she is challenging him for the Republican nomination in the race for governor.
“We welcome Holly Grange to the race. There are no political coronations in America, and everyone must earn their way. Primaries tend to make everyone stronger, so this will only help us prepare for the race with Governor Cooper. We have a great campaign team, and we are organized in all 100 North Carolina counties with over 6,000 volunteers already signed up. We are excited about where our campaign is to date and look forward to the future. Game on.”
Forest is a class act. That doesn’t mean he isn’t game for some competition, though. As he mentioned, the Forest 2020 campaign is already well-organized and brimming with volunteers. Since first campaigning for lieutenant governor in 2012 Forest has cultivated a grassroots following and strong support from conservatives across the state. He is popular among the cohort that votes in primaries and his principled stances on the myriad controversial issues over the last 7 years should stand in stark contrast to the more moderate leanings of Grange.
Challenge accepted. Game on.