Source: PolitiFact

In their televised debate, Governor Cooper and Lt. Governor Dan Forest sparred over North Carolina’s response to the COVID pandemic. Forest raised the approach of Georgia as a model for North Carolina. Cooper responded quickly, citing Georgia’s failed response as a reason why North Carolina should re-elect him, PolitiFact reports.

“It’s interesting that Dan mentions Georgia … He wants to be like Georgia,” Cooper said during the debate. “Georgia is about the same size as North Carolina, yet they have almost 100,000 more cases, almost twice as many deaths and almost 600 more nursing home deaths than North Carolina.”

PolitiFact compared the statistics of North Carolina and Georgia, finding the claim Cooper made during the debate rang true. “Georgia is 200 to 400 deaths away from having twice as many,” the author of the fact check wrote.

“We rate this claim True.”

Read the full fact check from PolitiFact.