You may have heard of Mark Robinson. He was in a video that went viral a few years ago, when he attended a city council meeting to defend the rights of law abiding gun owners.
Then he decided to run for office as lieutenant governor of North Carolina as a Republican.
Not only did he win, he will now be the state’s first black lieutenant governor.
FOX News reports:
Republican Mark Robinson to become NC’s first Black lieutenant governor
Republican Mark Robinson will be North Carolina’s first Black lieutenant governor, according to projections from the Associated Press cited by local news.
Robinson defeated Democrat Yvonne Lewis Holley, who also could have made history as North Carolina’s first Black lieutenant governor. Robinson had a lead of more than three percentage points with roughly 75% of ballots counted Wednesday morning, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections website.
However, Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, will maintain his seat after facing a challenge from North Carolina’s current Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, a Republican. Robinson’s win means that North Carolina’s governor and lieutenant governor will once again represent different parties.
Robinson ran as a political outsider. He attracted viral attention in 2016 when he delivered an impassioned speech to the city council of Greensboro, N.C., about gun rights.
What a fantastic story and win!
The man who gave this incredible speech, Mark Robinson, is about to be the next Lt. Attorney General of North Carolinahttps://t.co/DuC8Zj7Rv6
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) November 4, 2020
The new Lt. Governor of North Carolina, Mark Robinson!
"LAW ABIDING CITIZENS ARE THE MAJORITY!"
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) November 4, 2020
History Made: Republican Mark Robinson Becomes North Carolina’s First African-American Lt. Governor https://t.co/D7BpYQ7cOh
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) November 4, 2020
Remember The Black Man Who Gave Fiery Pro 2A Speech At Little City Council Meeting? He’s North Carolina’s Lt. Governor Now!
Congratulations, Mark Robinson on your win.https://t.co/R3B9OfQ5p4
— Neal Houston, Ph.D. 🇺🇲 ⭐⭐⭐ (@DrNealHouston) November 5, 2020
Congratulations, Mr. Robinson!