RALEIGH – While the Democratic primary election briefly looked like it was headed for a runoff — it’s not, second place finisher N.C. Senator Terri Van Duyn (Buncombe) conceded the race to State House Rep. Yvonne Holley (Wake) — the Republican primary produced a clear winner. Mark Robinson, notable for his viral gun rights advocacy, turned his booming defense of our God-given rights into a statewide grassroots campaign that propelled him beyond the 30 percent threshold for an outright win in a crowded field.
Robinson gave an interview to North State Journal in which he detailed how he broke out of the one dimensional ‘gun guy’ persona and let voters know his commitment to conservative principles is comprehensive.
“[…] “I think the thing that put us over the top was our strong conservative message,” Robinson said. “Our message was to the point; it was simple; it was common sense. I think that’s what people embrace these days… And No. 2 has got to be our volunteer base. We had hundreds of volunteers working polls, knocking doors, doing phone calls. Our volunteers really made the difference in this campaign.”
Robinson told NSJ he went on a tour of the state, intending to hit all 100 counties — ultimately visiting 97 before election day. He said this allowed him to build the grassroots support that made his win possible. Learning from the online success of Trump, the campaign also focused on achieving a “great digital media game.” Robinson said, “Our social media was head and shoulders, 10 times, above our closest opponent.” […]
Robinson said during his travels across the state he was “embraced very well” by the conservative grassroots, and suggestions that they are racist or would reject people like him are false. He also made clear that he does not believe he is alone in the black community as a conservative and will be pushing hard for votes from the black community.
“There are a lot of strong conservative black people out there that still have not abandoned the Democratic Party, and those are the folks that we’ll be going after,” he said. “We’re not going to allow these people to spread these false rumors that Republicans are racists and Republicans are this or that. We’re going to tell our story. We’re going to tell folks that if they want to be victors instead of victims, they need to join in with the Republican Party. They need to join in with the conservatives and take control of their lives and forge their own destinies.” […]”
Learn more about Robinson, his upbringing, and his modus operandi of being a ‘victor, not a victim’ in his full interview with the North State Journal.