RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – Gov. Pat McCrory released a video Monday conceding the governor’s race.
“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 two-minute video stresses that McCrory is respecting the process and stepping aside to allow Cooper to begin preparing for the role.
After four weeks of canvassing and recounts in counties across the state, McCrory said he plans to keep working in the coming weeks despite his loss.
“During my remaining weeks as governor, this team will work on developing a financial plan to be approved in a special session to help our citizens and communities impacted by Hurricane Matthew,” McCrory said.
Local party officials have mixed emotions on the concession.
“I was a little surprised in the sense that it was so quick,” said Ginny Cooper, Pitt County Republic Party. “I guess I was thinking that he may wait a few more days to look over other options.”
The Pitt County Democratic Party’s Charles McLawhorn Jr. said he is ready to move forward.
“I’m very excited that we can get started with a new administration,” McLawhorn said. “I must say that I believe that Governor McCrory is a good person and is well intentioned and that he has a lot of good attributes.”
Governor-elect Roy Cooper released a statement Monday afternoon saying: “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.”
Governor McCrory is the first sitting governor in North Carolina history to lose a re-election bid.
The concession nearly four weeks after Election Day comes after appeals dried up and postelection counts saw Cooper’s narrow lead increasing.
This time around McCrory was weighed down by a law he signed limiting LGBT rights and was unable to generate the same voter support that lifted Republicans Donald Trump and Richard Burr to victory in the state.
Cooper’s win marks an important consolation prize for national Democrats after a disappointing election. Cooper is the outgoing attorney general.
McCrory’s defeat marks the first time a sitting North Carolina governor has lost a re-election bid.