Republican incumbent Governor Pat McCrory officially conceded the gubernatorial race to Democratic Attorney General, now Governor-elect Roy Cooper in a video message on Monday – nearly four weeks after Election Day.
The message was released as Durham County was finishing up a recount of more than 90,000 votes that had been contested. The votes came in late on Election Day, due to technical issues, and swung the election from McCrory to Cooper.
Cooper’s lead had also outpaced the 10,000 vote margin that would’ve allowed McCrory to ask for a statewide recount.
McCrory said his administration would be working with Cooper’s transition team to ensure a smooth transition of power.
Cooper issued the following statement regarding the race:
“I want to thank Governor McCrory and our First Lady Ann McCrory for their service to our state. Kristin and I look forward to working with them and their staff in what I expect will be a smooth transition.
“I’m proud to have received the support from so many who believe that we can come together to make a North Carolina that works for everyone. It will be the honor of my life to serve this great state. While this was a divisive election season, I know still that there is more that unites us than divides us. Together, we can make North Carolina the shining beacon in the south by investing in our schools, supporting working families and building a state that works for everyone. I’d like to thank all of the hardworking families in North Carolina, and I look forward to serving the greatest state in the country as your Governor.”
You can see the full video concession below: