Here’s The Winston-Salem Journal:
[…] According to complete but unofficial results, Cooper won early voting statewide 1.52 million to 1.34 million, while McCrory won Election Day by an 845,579 to 681,035 margin.
The absentee vote to date is 89,920 for McCrory and 80,989 for Cooper.
McCrory appears to have inspired “ticket splitting” among Republicans. That means Republicans choosing not to vote for McCrory, while voting for President-elect Donald Trump in his commanding win in the state and for U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest in their successful re-election bids.
Before provisional and absentee ballots were counted, McCrory received 62,909 fewer votes statewide than Trump. He had 93,527 fewer votes than Forest and 94,579 fewer votes than Burr. […]
The ticket-splitting can’t have anything to do with HB2. Dan Forest was much more out-front in defense of HB2 than McCrory was.
(Jus’ sayin’ ….)