Governor-Elect Roy Cooper addresses supporters after victory

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) — After weeks of waiting, Governor-Elect Roy Cooper addressed his supporters in victory.

“It has been a long journey for all of us but we are finally here,” says North Carolina Governor-Elect Roy Cooper.

At a victory rally in Raleigh, Cooper thanked an excited crowd. He stressed by casting their votes, his supporters were making it loud and clear that change was needed in the Tar Heel State.

“With this election, we have made decisions about who we are as North Carolinians,” says Cooper. “We have decided that North Carolina is welcoming. We have decided that North Carolina values our educators and our workers. And we have decided that North Carolina is a place where people of all kinds can come together to work, to study, to worship, and to live without fear and misunderstanding dividing us.”

Cooper says he will work with everyone moving forward, not only those who wanted him in office. Without mentioning the bill by name, Cooper hinted at moving away from House Bill 2.

“With your help, we can leave the politics of cynicism and fear in the rear view mirror and together we can build something better,” says Cooper.

It seems the dramatic contest for North Carolina’s top seat is over. Cooper says he’s hopeful Pat McCrory will help moving forward.

“I believe that he is committed to a smooth transition and making sure that North Carolina’s next chapter is a good one,” explains Cooper.

He will be sworn-in in January.

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