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durham, n.c.» Gov. Pat McCrory con­ceded the gov­er­nor’s race Mon­day, clear­ing the way for Demo­crat Roy Cooper to be de­clared the win­ner nearly four weeks af­ter Elec­tion Day.

The vic­tory by Cooper, the state’s out­go­ing at­tor­ney gen­eral, gives Democrats an im­por­tant con­so­la­tion prize af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing elec­tion across the coun­try. How­ever, Repub­li­cans re­tain su­per-ma­jori­ties in both leg­isla­tive cham­bers.

In a video mes­sage from his of­fice posted to YouTube, McCrory 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 be­came the first sit­ting North Carolina gov­er­nor elected to a four-year term to lose a re­elec­tion bid.

The state board still must of­fi­cially cer­tify the re­sults, likely Fri­day.

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