Publisher's note: The author of this post is Sam Hieb for the John Locke Foundation.
Greensboro's Mark Robinson emerged as the victor
in the crowded Republican primary race for lieutenant governor.
Associated Press reports
- First-time candidate Mark Robinson of Greensboro got the most votes and exceeded the 30% threshold needed to win outright and avoid a runoff.
- Current state Sen. Andy Wells was second in a primary that also included current Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson, former U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers and ex-state Rep. Scott Stone. Robinson's 2018 recorded speech before the Greensboro council went viral, making him a nationwide speaker.
What's interesting is Robinson's hometown newspaper-the News & Record-virtually ignores his stunning victory, at least as far as I can tell. I'm going to go out on a limb and say it has something to do with the fired-up speech on gun rights in front of the Greensboro City Council that put Robinson in the national spotlight.