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An NC lawmaker’s controversial Facebook post led to a campaign windfall — for his opponent

A Facebook post by a North Carolina Republican lawmaker not only made headlines across the country and overseas last month but resulted in a windfall for his Democratic opponent.

Democrat Gail Young said the attention to Rep. Larry Pittman’s post brought her campaign at least $20,000. They’re running in House District 83, which includes a large portion of Cabarrus County from Concord to the Mecklenburg County line.

Pittman’s Facebook post came in response to protests that followed the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. He called protesters “ignorant thugs,” “criminals,” “domestic terrorists” and “vermin.” If they resist and attack police, he said, police should “shoot them.”

To read more, head to the Charlotte Observer

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