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FILE - In this June 24, 2016 file photo, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory speaks during a candidate forum in Charlotte, N.C. The NCAA has pulled seven championship events from North Carolina, including opening-weekend men's basketball tournament games, for the coming year due to a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people. In a news release Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, the NCAA says the decision by its board of governors came "because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections." The law known as HB2 was signed into law by Gov. McCrory earlier this year. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory finally conceded to Democrat Roy Cooper, 4 weeks after Election Day


North Carolinians finally know who their governor will be beginning next year.

Incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory announced Monday afternoon he would concede to Democrat Roy Cooper, the state's outgoing attorney general, nearly four weeks after Election Day.

McCrory earned national attention after backing House Bill 2, the controversial "transgender bathroom" law that sparked widespread backlash and limited transgender rights.  Cooper has said he will try to repeal that bill.

Governor McCrory statement on 2016 election results

WATCH  | McCrory posted a concession speech on Monday.

"Despite continued questions that should be answered regarding the voting process, I personally believe that the majority of our citizens have spoken," he said.

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FILE- In this June 24, 2016 file photo, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper speaks during a forum in Charlotte, N.C. Pat McCrory and his Democratic opponent Cooper, in the still-undecided governor's race have together sent or received hundreds of email messages from private email accounts. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

However, it won't be smooth political sailing for Cooper. Republicans hold a two-thirds majority in both houses of the state legislature. 

Cooper seemed to consider victory inevitable. This tweet is from Friday.

The Human Rights Campaign had long sought a Cooper victory.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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