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History Made: Republican Mark Robinson Becomes North Carolina’s First African-American Lt. Governor

History Made: Republican Mark Robinson Becomes North Carolina’s First African-American Lt. Governor

Robinson won the race two and a half years after giving a blistering pro-Second Amendment rights speech before the Greensboro City Council that went viral.

History was made in North Carolina last night.

Because so much attention was being paid to the presidential, gubernatorial, and U.S. Senate races here, the Lt. Governor’s race fell way under the radar. We saw next to no ads on it, and I don’t recall receiving a single mailer or robocall about it.

But it’s not under the radar anymore. Republican Mark Robinson decisively won the Lt. Governor’s race against his Democratic opponent Yvonne Lewis Holley. In doing so, Robinson becomes the state’s first African-American Lt. Governor:

As of this writing, Robinson has 2,773,751 votes to Lewis Holley’s 2,595,868. That’s a 177,883 vote difference. Even with the 117,000 outstanding absentee ballots still out there, obviously, it wouldn’t be enough to make up the difference for Lewis Holley, even if every one of them went for her.

He actually got more votes than President Trump and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest (who lost his race against Gov. Roy Cooper) did:

Note: As of this writing, North Carolina has yet to declare winners in the presidential race between President Trump and Joe Biden and the Senate race between Sen. Thom Tillis and his Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham. Trump’s currently in the lead with around 77,000 votes, and Tillis currently leads with around 97,000 votes.

Robinson, a staunch defender of Second Amendment rights, became a conservative gun rights hero after a blistering four-minute speech he gave in front of the Greensboro City Council in April 2018.

Here’s a partial transcript of what he said at the time:

I’ve heard a whole lot of people here talking tonight about this group and that group, domestic violence, blacks. These minorities and that minority. What I want to know is, when are you all gonna start standing up for the majority? And here’s who the majority is. I’m the majority. I’m a law-abiding citizen who’s never shot anybody, never committed a felony. I’ve never done anything like that.

But it seems like every time we have one of these shootings, nobody wants to put the blame where it goes, which is at the shooter’s feet. You want to put it at my feet. You want to turn around and restrict my right, Constitutional right that’s spelled out in black and white, you want to restrict my right to buy a firearm and protect myself from some of the very people you’re talking about in here tonight. It’s ridiculous. I don’t think Rod Serling could come up with a better script.

Watch the full speech below:

Here we are, two and a half years later, and that guy is now the Lt. Gov.-Elect of the state of North Carolina. Even Democrats here last night were conceding how impressive that was.

Oh, and there was also this:

Heh. Nope. Sure didn’t.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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I have met and spoken with Mark, a number of times. I tell him, he is my hero. He has given voice to the common man and empowered other average joe’s to find their voice. Very proud to call him my Lt Governor

Great news, and congratulations to Mr. Robinson.

OUTSTANDING! Here is his video of a couple of years ago. No script, no BS.

Love this guy. Hope he keeps going up and up.

African-American… all-American: Pro-Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. Baby steps.

Finally, some good news. I supported Mr. Robinson with some contributions and am very happy to see him win this race. A well-deserved result and citizen-activism at its finest.

My money was well spent.

Congratulations Mr. Robinson!

Tommy Two Gears | November 4, 2020 at 8:06 pm

This gives me hope. Solid, real, actual grassroots results with no cheating or stealing. Back in 2018 after his rant, I sent that video to everyone I ever knew. Many, including me, reached from out of state to support this man, this citizen, this patriot.

We are on a fight, a national fight for the presidency. We ALL must be vigilant and willing to fight this latest coup attempt. Fight on!

I was thrilled to cast my ballot for him as well! Congrats to you sir!

Way to go, Mark. I have great respect for your courage to speak out and tell things the way they are. Keep it up.

His speech was unrehearsed and from the heart. He spoke for the vast majority of Americans as the same ideas were in their hearts.Many whites voted for obama though he never said what the “changes” were that he was going to make. He called it a blank slate where we put our hopes on. This man is to honest to be a democrat.

CaptScientist | November 5, 2020 at 3:59 pm

To this day still one of the best speeches I have ever heard