>> During this wonderful season, it's also time to celebrate our democratic process. And respect what I see to be ultimate outcome of the closest North Carolina governors race in modern history.>> After refusing to concede and officially requesting a recount. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory finally admitting defeat on Monday, nearly a month after the November eight election.
The Republican incumbent had aggressively alleged voter fraud, claiming that dead people felons, and non-residents cast ballots in the race. In his concession speech, McCrory did not retract those claims.>> Despite continued questions that should be answered regarding the voting process, I personally believe that the majority of our systems have spoken.
And we now should do everything we can to support the 75th governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper. Reuters reporter, Colleen Jenkins.>> Republicans filed protests in counties across the states, raising concerns about voter fraud. Democrats, for their part, accused Republicans of wasting tax payer dollars. And unnecessarily dragging out an election based on, in what in most cases have been found to be unsubstantiated claims of improper voting.
>> The Democratic challenger State Attorney General Roy Cooper had already claimed victory and consistently lead by a thin margin since election day. On Monday, the winner's Twitter page posted a simple thank you, following McCrory's video message.>> Please pray for our new governor, Roy Cooper.>> North Carolina's election had been widely seen as a referendum on McCrory's support for a state law, denying transgender people the right to use the public bathroom that match their gender identities.
Passing the law led to boycotting in condemn nation from businesses, sports organizations, and entertainers. McCrory had also famously signed a voter ID law in 2013 which was rolled back this year by a federal court. Because it found that the law illegally suppressed African-American votes.