The Latest: Cooper declares victory in governor's race

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Democrat Roy Cooper has declared victory in North Carolina's governor's race.

Cooper came out shortly after Gov. Pat McCrory addressed supporters and said the race would be determined by a canvass of the state's 100 counties on Nov. 18.

As for Cooper, he thanked his supporters for their hard work and said he had won the governor's race.

Cooper said he is confident that the results of the election will be certified and that they will confirm victory.

With some cast votes yet to be reported, Cooper was only about 3,700 votes ahead of McCrory out of more than 4.6 million counted, according to totals posted by the State Board of Elections.

“Last night, the people of North Carolina chose a new Governor with new priorities. With all precincts reporting, we have a strong lead and are confident that once the results are certified, we will confirm last night’s victory. In the coming weeks, Governor-elect Cooper will be laying out an agenda for moving North Carolina forward," said Cooper for NC spokesman Ford Porter on Wednesday. 

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Roy Cooper speaks to supporters over tight governor's race in North Carolina. Cooper telling the crowd -- he's won the race for governor.

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