The state’s largest group of small businesses, the N.C. chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business, endorsed Gov. Pat McCrory Friday during a news conference in Charlotte.
The NFIB said it surveyed its members about whether it should endorse a candidate and, if so, who it should endorse. McCrory was the overwhelming choice of the group’s 75,000 state members, said Gregg Thompson, the director of the NFIB’s N.C. chapter.
McCrory also spoke at the event, held at the Charlotte company Steel Fab on Old Dowd Road.
McCrory said the state’s “Carolina Comeback” is real.
“We have the nation’s fourth fastest-growing economy in the U.S. – no one else can say that,” McCrory said.
McCrory, a Republican, also criticized his opponent, Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat.
McCrory assailed Cooper for not defending the state on several occasions, including fighting against new Environmental Protection Agency rules that McCrory said will hurt the state’s economy.
McCrory did not mention Cooper’s refusal to defend House Bill 2 and the state’s Voter ID law, two of the most controversial pieces of legislation during McCrory’s tenure.