Pat McCrory, North Carolina Governor, conceded in his bid for re-election on Monday after a recount of more than 90,000 votes showed no significant changes in the results from election night.
The governor conceded to Roy Cooper, a democrat, after an “acrimonious stalemate” that lasted for nearly a month, according to The New York Times.
“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 said in a video statement on Monday, per the Times.
Cooper issued a written statement moments after McCrory conceded, according to the Times.
“It will be the honor of my life to serve this great state,” Cooper wrote. “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 want to thank Gov. McCrory and our first lady Ann McCrory for their service to our state,” Cooper said, according Politico. “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.”
On election night, Cooper won “with a 4,000-vote lead out of 4.2 million votes cast,” The Washington Post noted. However, McCrory had initially refused to concede in what became known as one of the “most heated” elections.
McCrory said he believed there were some suspicions about manual vote counts in Durham County, prompting him to request a recount.
Despite his suspicions, McCrory and his allies weren’t able to find any evidence of fraud in the election, which ultimately led to rejection of the challenges from at least eight Republican-led boards, The Post noted.
McCrory faced some backlash.
“It puts a cloud over the integrity of the election process of North Carolina,” Rhonda Amoroso, a Republican State Board of Elections member, told the Raleigh News & Observer about McCrory’s accusations.
“It may appear to folks in the public that we have a systemic issue of voter fraud,” she said.
McCrory is the first North Carolina governor to lose re-election.
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