AP: North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein wins Democratic primary for governor

Raleigh, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

Stein won the primary over four other party competitors, including former state Supreme Court Associate Justice Mike Morgan.

Stein had the endorsement of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who was barred by term limits from running this year.

Democrats have held the Executive Mansion almost exclusively for over 30 years, even as the state’s legislative and judicial branches shift rightward.

Stein is a former state senator first elected attorney general in 2016. He’s been by far the largest fundraiser among gubernatorial hopefuls.

“I am grateful to every North Carolinian who made their voice heard in this election. Tonight, we took the first step toward building a safer, stronger North Carolina. I’m running for Governor because I believe in the promise of North Carolina – that where you come from should never limit how far you can go, that every person deserves a fair shot at prosperity, strong public schools, and a safe place to call home,” said Stein. “North Carolina faces a defining choice, and I am confident that this November, we will reject Mark Robinson’s divisive, job-killing culture wars and instead come together to deliver on North Carolina’s promise for every person.”