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Republican Pat McCrory waits prior to a televised gubernatorial debate with Democrat Walter Dalton at the University of North Carolina Television network in Research Triangle Park, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Gerry Broome

Republican Pat McCrory waits prior to a televised gubernatorial debate with Democrat Walter Dalton at the University of North Carolina Television network in Research Triangle Park, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Editorial: GOP's renewed responsibility

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Amid the national gains posted by the Democratic Party, North Carolina stood out for its Republican Party, which swept to control of both the legislative and executive branches for the first time since the 19th century. That group, led by Governor-elect Pat McCrory, widened its margins in both chambers of the General Assembly to take a decisive hold on the reins of government.

North Carolina voters grew justifiably tired of the corruption and ineptitude of Democratic leaders, which stand as a looming threat for the GOP as it assumes full control in Raleigh. The problems facing this state are too great to avoid the tough decisions and there will be no patience for the type of scandal, secrecy and iron-fisted rule that previous regimes felt was their entitlement.

Four years ago, Beverly Perdue rode the coattails of President Barack Obama to a slim victory over former Charlotte Mayor McCrory. The ambitious and charismatic Republican seemingly never left the campaign trail, using his loss as a motivation to remain engaged in public issues and traveling across the state to build an impressive and successful organization.

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History is NOT on their side.........

There's a BIG reason there have been so very few republican governors of this state. Their state level leadership has been severely lacking. History proves that. Not that the democrats have been much better. It's up to McCrory to right that image now. However, judging by who he has put on his transition team, it appears that cronyism is VERY alive and well in State politics.

Well said

Been in this state since 1972 and seen the ups and downs regardless of party at the helm. Yes McCrory needs to step up, but given his cronyism and loyalty to his party and not the people, I have little faith in the next four years for the state of NC

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