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CJ Exclusive: Cooper’s Veto Strategy Could ‘Win’ Over Time, Analysts Say

Governor has not sustained a veto yet, but each time he rejects a bill, Democrats open their wallets and may be more likely to go to polls.

From Monday’s Carolina Journal:

Gov. Roy Cooper is on a pace that could rival former Gov. Bev Perdue’s record number of gubernatorial vetoes. But almost half of Perdue’s vetoes survived, while Cooper has yet to sustain a single one.

Political analysts say wins and losses aren’t the real prize, and Cooper is likely to continue issuing vetoes. The end game for Cooper is to rally his base of Democratic voters in the 2018 off-year elections to win enough seats in at least one legislative chamber to erase Republicans’ veto-proof supermajorities to make it possible to sustain his vetoes.

Read on for more analysis of the governor’s moves. 

Donna Martinez / VP of Marketing and Communications

Donna came to the John Locke Foundation in January 2003 after freelance writing for Carolina Journal and contributing to projects for the North Carolina Education Alliance. He...

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