DURHAM, N.C.—Governor Pat McCrory has conceded the North Carolina gubernatorial race to Democrat Roy Cooper, ending the nation’s longest-running governor’s race.
McCrory announced his decision in a video posted at about noon on Monday.
“Being the 74th governor of North Carolina has been a privilege and an honor, 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,” he said. “Despite continued questions that should be answered regarding the voting process, 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 pledged that his team would assist Cooper, who is currently the state attorney general, in his transition. Cooper issued a statement thanking McCrory. “While this was a divisive election season, I know still that there is more that unites us than divides us,” he said.
The governor’s concession ends a protracted finish to the campaign, and it comes even as some questions remain outstanding about the race. McCrory and some of his allies had lodged a series of protests in counties around the state, alleging that there were suggestions of fraud and irregularity. McCrory had also said he intended to request a recount statewide, though his campaign later said that he would be willing to drop his call for a recount if about 94,000 early ballots in Durham County, the most contested site, were recounted.