RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory released a video Monday conceding in the governor's race, clearing way for Democrat Cooper to be declared 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.
Governor-Elect Roy Cooper released the following statement on Governor Pat McCrory’s concession:
“I want to thank Governor McCrory and our First Lady Ann McCrory for their service to our state. 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. It will be the honor of my life to serve this great state. 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’d like to thank all of the hardworking families in North Carolina, and I look forward to serving the greatest state in the country as your Governor.”