RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has conceded the gubernatorial race to Attorney General Roy Cooper.
McCrory posted a video to YouTube Monday morning, saying his team would be willing to assist Cooper's team in the transition to office. Mobile users, click here to watch the video.
"During my remaining weeks as Governor, my team will be working on a financial plan to be approved at a special legislative session to help our citizens and communities impacted by Hurricane Matthew and the current wildfires in the western part of our state," McCrory said.
McCrory has spent several weeks bitterly challenging election results across the state, including a recount request in Durham County, where nearly 90,000 votes were questioned by his campaign on election night. As of 10:30 Monday morning, fewer than 10,000 votes were left to be counted, with Cooper's lead growing to more than 10,000 over McCrory.
The former Mayor of Charlotte said it's important to respect the democratic process and the ultimate outcome of the "closest North Carolina Governor's race in modern history."
"Despite continued questions that should be answered regarding the voting process, I personally believe the majority of out citizens have spoken, and we should do everything we can to support the 75th Governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper," McCrory said.
Cooper released a statement shortly after McCrory's concession, calling the opportunity to lead North Carolina "the honor of my life."
“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.”
Throughout his campaign, Cooper has reiterated that one of his main priorities will be education. Shortly after Cooper's victory, the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) congratulated the Governor-Elect in a statement.
"We look forward to a champion for public school students and educators in the governor's office," NCAE President Mark Jewell said. "We are glad the stall tactics have come to an end because North Carolina educators are Ready for Roy."