After weeks of stonewalling, North Carolina’s anti-LGBT Gov. Pat McCrory has conceded he lost his race for reelection to Democrat and current Attorney General Roy Cooper.
Reported as the closest governor’s race in North Carolina history, Cooper apparently won by a margin of 10,250 votes.
A divisive figure in North Carolina politics, McCrory’s loss can be credited to his support and passage of the state’s now infamously anti-LGBT legislation known as HB2.
The law stuck down all LGBT protections in the state by stating that, unless a certain class of people was officially recognized by the state, local municipalities could not enact their own protections.
This included barring transgender citizens from using public bathrooms which aligned with their gender identity.
HB2’s impact on North Carolina was vast with many corporations and events cancelled and moved to other states. The cost to the state has been estimated to be in the tens of millions.
Congratulations Governor-elect Roy Cooper!
JUST IN: North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory concedes gubernatorial race, calls for “smooth transition” to next administration.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 5, 2016
#BREAKING North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory concedes he did not win re-election in last month’s election.
— NPR (@NPR) December 5, 2016
Pat McCrory Finally Concedes To Winner In North Carolina Gubernatorial Racehttps://t.co/j7T41QwXml
— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) December 5, 2016
In a video released by McCrory’s office he says, “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.”