Governor Pat McCrory has conceded the North Carolina Governor’s race to Democrat challenger Roy Cooper.
McCrory released a video on Monday congratulating Cooper on his win.
“Being the 74th governor of North Carolina has been a privilege and an honor,” McCrory said. “But during this wonderful season, it’s also time to celebrate our democratic process and respect what I see to be the ultimate outcome of the closest North Carolina governor’s race in modern history.”
Cooper’s lead over McCrory rose to more than 10,000 votes late last week, as counties across the state complete their official vote tabulations.
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“Despite continued questions that should be answered regarding the voting process, I personally believe that the majority of our citizens have spoken,” McCrory said. “And we should now do everything we can to support the 75th governor of North Carolina – Roy Cooper.”
Democrats will take Cooper’s win as a consolation prize after suffering massive losses both statewide and locally in 2016, but with the Republican super majority in the General Assembly, it’s unlikely Cooper serves as anything more than a lame duck Governor.
McCrory is now the first Governor in the history of the state of North Carolina to lose a re-election bid.