Under the Dome

Early ratings anticipate hard-fought race for NC governor

What’s the early line on the 2016 North Carolina gubernatorial race from the national view?

Two reports out Friday say Republican Gov. Pat McCrory can’t expect to cruise to re-election.

The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report rates the race as “tossup/tilts Republican,” according to Roll Call. The Report notes that North Carolina will also be a battleground state in the presidential election, and U.S. Sen. Richard Burr will probably have a competitive race.

Governing magazine takes a look at 14 contested races for governor and handicaps them into one of three categories: vulnerable, potentially vulnerable and safe. The magazine says four governors are vulnerable, including McCrory. The other three are Democratic-held seats up for election due to term limits (Kentucky, Missouri and West Virginia).

Pegging McCrory as the only vulnerable Republican, Governing says he might be hurt by statehouse protests and backlash from the GOP legislative agenda, but an improving economy in North Carolina could help him.

The magazine says Attorney General Roy Cooper’s success in past elections could make for an expensive election.