Gov. McCrory: ‘I feel very confident’

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On the last day before the election, Gov. Pat McCrory said he’s feeling good.

McCrory, a Republican, is locked in a tough reelection fight with Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat. The governor was in Charlotte on Monday morning for the Carolina Freedom Foundation’s annual breakfast to honor veterans.

McCrory declined to talk much about politics – he said his purpose was to honor the state’s National Guard and thank them for their response to sometimes-violent protests last week in Charlotte and Hurricane Matthew.

“I feel very confident, but again, I’m here to thank the National Guard,” McCrory said. The latest statewide poll by the New York Times, showed Cooper with a slight edge over McCrory, leading 47 to 46 percent among likely voters.

McCrory declined to comment on the announcement over the weekend from FBI Director James Comey that the bureau won’t be pursuing charges against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“I don’t have much of an opinion on that, because I don’t know the details of the email situation,” said McCrory, though he did say he he believes Clinton was “reckless” with her private email server. He also criticized supporters of a Charlotte non-discrimination ordinance that prompted the Republican-led state legislature to pass House Bill 2, the state’s controversial new law limiting local protections for LGBT individuals.

“It was brought in from the outside,” said McCrory. “It’s outsiders who came to North Carolina.”

“I’m here actually in my official capacity, because I felt it was important to thank the National Guard for the incredible work they did in the Charlotte riots,” said McCrory. “We shouldn’t forget the work that they did, because Charlotte’s at peace now.”

“If this is my last official thing as a first-term governor, I look forward to doing more of these as a second-term governor,” said McCrory.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo