NC governor concedes he lost re-election

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Latest on recounting ballots in North Carolina’s yet-finalized race for governor (all times local):

12:10 p.m.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has conceded the governor’s race, clearing the way for Democrat Roy Cooper to be declared the winner.

The concession nearly four weeks after Election Day comes after appeals dried up and postelection counts saw Cooper’s narrow lead increasing.

McCrory announced Monday in a video posted on YouTube that he is giving up four years after he won the office by a comfortable margin. This time around McCrory was weighed down by a law he signed limiting LGBT rights and was unable to generate the same voter support that lifted Republicans Donald Trump and Richard Burr to victory in the state.

Cooper’s win marks an important consolation prize for national Democrats after a disappointing election. Cooper is the outgoing attorney general.

McCrory’s defeat marks the first time a sitting North Carolina governor has lost a re-election bid.

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11:05 a.m.

The recount of ballots in a North Carolina county has resumed and could soon bring a conclusion to the undecided race for governor.

Paid volunteers resumed their work Monday at the Durham County elections board office to carry out an order to recount more than 90,000 ballots cast during early voting and on Election Day. By midmorning, only 10,000 ballots still had to be run through tabulation machines.

Partial Durham recount returns through Sunday showed little change in tallies for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic challenger Roy Cooper. Unofficial statewide results have Cooper leading McCrory by about 10,250 votes. Representatives of McCrory and Cooper’s campaign team are observing the Durham count.

McCrory has said he won’t ask for a statewide recount if the Durham recount shows the same results.

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3 a.m.

The undecided election for North Carolina governor could reach a conclusion Monday as a recount of thousands of votes wraps up.

Democrat Roy Cooper currently leads Republican incumbent Pat McCrory by about 10,250 votes. McCrory, who could not capitalize on the wave of support that delivered statewide victories for Republicans Donald Trump and Sen. Richard Burr, can demand a statewide recount if the margin is 10,000 or less.

A review of more than 94,000 votes cast in heavily Democratic Durham County during the early-voting period and on election day is expected to finish Monday. McCrory has said he won’t ask for a statewide recount if that recount shows the same results.

Most other protests filed by McCrory’s Republican allies have already been tossed out.

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