ECU professor: HB2’s economic impact could alter N.C. election

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GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – House Bill 2 is regarded by many as a civil rights issue. Gov. Pat McCrory labels it an issue of public safety.

But East Carolina University political science professor Carmine Scavo said that thanks to decisions by the NCAA, the NBA and the ACC to pull tournaments from North Carolina, the law has an even wider impact.

“It really has turned into an economic issue,” Scavo said, adding that, while HB2’s content may not be a deciding factor for voters, the economy may be. “I’m not sure for many people HB2 is going to be the top issue. I think the economy is probably the most important factor of this election. If people aren’t out spending money then, then we’re not going to be able to move forward.”

Scavo said the economic impact of HB2 could turn the tables come November, and some former supporters of the bill may change their minds.

“We guess that there are more people who maybe supported HB2 who are now saying, it’s not worth the cost,” Scavo said. “Then there are people who are going the other way.”

Scavo acknowledges, however, that in North Carolina anything can happen.

“You never know,” Scavo said.

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