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The election for governor of North Carolina proved to be tightly contested race with Richard Vinroot the republican candidate gaining support in the weeks immediately prior to the election Mike Easley had an early advantage being the democratic incumbent Easley was the better-known and better-financed candidate which helped him to an early advantage However during the final weeks of the campaign the advantage swung to Vinroot as undecided voters were swept up in a republican surge lead by the momentum gained by presidential candidate Bush With the gubernatorial race growing ever closer the candidates stance on issues began to stand out as the determining factor for many voters Thus Democrat Mike Easley was able to gain an advantage not because of party affiliation but the due to his stance on important issues one important issue being education So how did the numbers stake up Well the final elections showed Mike Easley receiving 1492170 votes or 52 percent of the vote Richard Vinroot received 1335862 votes or 47 percent of the vote the rest of the vote being split between the Libertarian and Reform candidates The 2000 North Carolina gubernatorial election was closely contested and would be decided not mainly according party affiliation but by the candidates stance on major issues The Democratic candidate for governor Mike Easley has a strong background which brought him public favor and votes Michael F Easley is 50 years old was born in Nash County received a degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina and gained a law degree from North Carolina Central University Easley served as a District Attorney which gained him a reputation due to his prosecution of drug traffickers Easley was elected the Attorney General of North Carolina in 1992 He was re-elected in 1996 by a large margin receiving 60 percent on the vote While he was Attorney General Easley gained a strong reputation Easley sought to reduce violent crimes by
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