RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The weather was fierce thanks to Tropical Storm Andrea, but delegates to North Carolina's Republican Party convention braved the roads to travel to Charlotte to elect Claude Pope chairman.
Pope replaces Robin Hayes. He received 70 percent of the votes.
Pope is a Brunswick County businessman and former Chairman of the Wake County Republican Party.
“I want to thank the delegates who demonstrated their commitment to good government and the conservative principles of our party by braving bad weather and heavy traffic to be here this weekend,” Pope said in a statement.
Pope also expressed his gratitude to Governor Pat McCrory, Senator Richard Burr, Lt. Governor Dan Forest – who placed Pope’s name in nomination at the convention – and other Republican elected officials who supported his candidacy.
He also praised Hayes, who led the party during its success in 2012.
“This is a great time to be a Republican in North Carolina,” he told the delegates, but he also noted that while “winning is hard work, maintaining our majority will be even harder.”
He pledged to work to set new records in fundraising and volunteer recruitment for the state party, goals he achieved in Wake County during his tenure there from 2009-2010.