Will ACC/NCAA Impact Election?

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Bruce Springsteen, Circqu de Soliel and Boston all canceled their shows here in Greensboro due to HB2....disappointing. But when you add in basketball, that's devastating.
But is it enough to sway the governor's election?

Before this week 43% of people in North Carolina said HB 2 made them less likely to vote for Governor McCrory. Compared to 31% of people who said it would make them more likely to vote for him.  You would think after all this news about the games that number might change some. But UNCG political science professor Thom Little says, don't expect a major shake-up.

“It's not a deal breaker for most voters, but those folks that were sort of on the fence saying the hey the economy's getting better, things are looking up, we might consider McCrory. They are going to look at this and maybe reconsider,” he said. “But I think it's going to be those independents in the middle. Again, the people on either side, it's just going to retrench them.”

You're messing with basketball in North Carolina and it won't have a big impact on the election? Yap. Elon political science professor Jason Husser agrees.

“For the most part, all but five to ten percent of people in North Carolina have already made up their mind about the governor's race,” Husser said, “Even if you could convince them HB 2 did a huge harm to North Carolina, the Governor still has a great rebuttal: saying it's not my fault this has caused harm, there are democratic activists that are making this so problematic.”

Still both professors think this isn't a good sign for McCrory when the race was already showing Roy Cooper in the lead. However, they disagree about what's best for the governor to do now to have a fighting chance at winning.

“You can't really back out of that. the governor has taken ownership of HB 2 as a piece of legislation. And for his sake, his team will probably try to spin this the best way they possible can," Husser said.

"Let's say he back tracks and doesn't stand strong. Do you think those folks are all the sudden going to vote for Roy Cooper? Maybe he loses some enthusiasm but I don't think he's going to lose their vote," Little said.

We'll know more about how the ACC and NCAA will impact the race next week as Elon is in the Mist of new polling right now. Of course we'll bring you those updated numbers as soon as we get them.

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