'Air horn orchestra' laments need to keep protesting

Thursday, August 25, 2016
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The protesters continue to blast the airwaves outside the Executive Mansion.

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- The 'air horn orchestra' sounded off Wednesday evening outside the Executive Mansion in downtown Raleigh for the 20th consecutive week.

Protesters are still as vocal about their mission as day one.

"It's great that people are dedicated to this, but it's sad that people are still out here fighting this fight," said organizer Tina Haver Currin.

A new poll from Monmouth University shows Democrat Roy Cooper with a large lead over Gov. Pat McCrory with months to go before the November election.

Cooper has 52 percent to McCrory's 43 percent among likely voters with a margin of error just under five percent.

North Carolina's controversial HB2 law seems to be a significant issue in the race.

Monmouth said 55 percent of voters disapprove of HB2 compared to 36 percent who approve. Among voters who approve of the law, 74 percent are backing McCrory. Among those who disapprove of it, 72 percent are supporting Cooper.

Noah Ambrose and his friends drove from Pinehurst to blast their beliefs outside McCrory's residence.

"I know a lot of students that could be personally affected by this bill, and I think it's really important that we repeal it completely," he said.

Read all ABC11 stories about HB2 here

McCrory's campaign dismissed the Monmouth poll findings.

"The new Monmouth University poll is not a reliable poll considering the size of the sample, screening methodology and weighting," said Ricky Diaz, a McCrory spokesperson. "We are very confident that we have the momentum in this race, especially as we continue to announce key law enforcement endorsements who are rejecting Roy Cooper because he hasn't done his job as our state's chief law enforcement officer."

A new TV ad rolled out this week by the McCrory campaign featuring a sexual abuse survivor defends HB2.

"It's a little offensive quite honestly," Currin said.

HB2 opponents said they have no plans of silencing their symphony of protests, vowing to play every Wednesday until the law is repealed.

"I think the 'Carolina Comeback' is pretty grossly exaggerated by Gov. McCrory. I think his ads are just kind of hilarious political theater at this point," said organizer Grayson Haver Currin.

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