BREAKING: Governor McCrory Concedes

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.”

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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.

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