Patrick Lloyd McCrory is the former governor of North Carolina (2013-2017), responsible for the likes of HB2 without even reading the whole thing (a lot of which was because he wanted revenge on Charlotte officials) and then filing a lawsuit when the feds said it was unconstitutional. When he narrowly lost re-election in 2016, the first time the incumbent governor had lost in North Carolina since 1850, he claimed voter fraud, and proceeded to demand a recount. He conceded when this failed, but proceeded to blame evil immigrants at the 2017 Republican convention. He went from the somewhat popular mayor of Charlotte to a man unpopular enough to lose in a state Trump won in the same election.
After a few years on the Charlotte city council, he won the mayorship and proved very popular. After seven consecutive terms in the position, he won the Republican nomination for governor in 2008, though his opponents painted him as a RINO. Despite this, he narrowly lost the governorship to the Democrat. Four years later, he won the position by the largest margin of any Republican since Reconstruction. This was also the first time since then when the Republican Party controlled all three branches of government, meaning they could pretty much do whatever they wanted, in theory.
- North Carolina gubernatorial election, 2012