After a month of contending the results, incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina has finally conceded his election loss to Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, ending the closest gubernatorial race in the state's history.
On Nov. 8, McCrory had lost to Cooper by a tally of over 4,000 votes. The incumbent governor contested his defeat, accusing Cooper of winning based on voter fraud, prompting the North Carolina election boards to order a recount of Durham County, according to Slate.
Critics of the GOP governor had voiced concerns that McCrory was attempting to undermine the legitimacy of Cooper's votes, which could have enabled the GOP-controlled North Carolina Legislature to disqualify the state attorney general altogether.
On Dec. 5, after the Durham County recount failed to close the gap between McCrory and Cooper, the incumbent governor officially conceded the election in a social media video, NPR reports.
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"I personally believe that the majority of our citizens have spoken, and we now should do everything we can to support the 75th governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper," McCrory said. "The McCrory administration team will assist in every way to help the new administration make a smooth transition."
The voters of the Tar Heel State had swung for President-elect Donald Trump and reelected Republican Sen. Richard Burr in the November election. McCrory's defeat is the 13th time that the state has split tickets since 1968.
McCrory had faced intense national criticism after signing the controversial HB2 into law in March. The legislation barred transgender people from using bathrooms that corresponded with their gender identity, instead mandating that they use a restroom that corresponded with the gender listed on their birth certificate.
HB2 proved to be financially disastrous for North Carolina, its controversy resulting in several high-profile businesses to boycott the state, costing it millions of dollars in revenue.
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Shortly after McCrory conceded the race, Cooper released an official response to his election victory on his Twitter account.
"While this was a divisive election season, I know still that there is more than unites us than divides us," Cooper said. "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."