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The North Carolina Governor's Race Is Finally Over

Republican Pat McCrory on Monday conceded the very close race to his challenger, Democrat Roy Cooper.
Source: Chris Keane / Reuters

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

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