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Gun rights speech propels man to N.C. lieutenant governor nomination

Mark Robinson could have a shot at becoming North Carolina's next lieutenant governor. A passionate speech he gave about gun rights won him a massive following.
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In this Nov. 12, 2019 photo, Mark Robinson speaks to the audience urging the board to vote against the short term suspension policy change at the Guilford County Schools Board meeting in Greensboro, N.C. Robinson, a political newcomer whose gun rights speech before a city council vaulted him to prominence among conservatives has won North Carolina's Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. The first-time candidate got the most votes in the nine-person field in the Tuesday, March 3, 2020, primary and exceeded the threshold needed to win outright. (Woody Marshall/News & Record via AP)

RALEIGH, N.C. — A man's impassioned defense of gun rights to a North Carolina city council that went viral has catapulted him in less than two years to the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. 

First-time candidate Mark Robinson got the most votes among the nine-person field in Tuesday's primary and enough to avoid a runoff. 

Several of his rivals outraised Robinson, but he benefited from a 2018 viral video in which he spoke out against gun control measures in Greensboro. He says his victory doesn't seem real but he sees his campaign as an opportunity to make the state better. 

He'll face the Democratic nominee in November. 

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