Well, it’s taken nearly a month but there’s one bit of good news from Election Day: North Carolina governor Pat McCrory has finally conceded to his Democratic opponent Roy Cooper.
The outgoing pol posted a YouTube video this morning congratulating Cooper, currently the state’s Attorney General on his win.
“Despite continued questions that should be answered regarding the voting process, I personally believe that the majority of our citizens have spoken,” McCrory said. “And we should now do everything we can to support the 75th governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper.”
McCrory had previously demanded a recount, which was showing Cooper in the lead by about 10,000 votes.
The first North Carolina governor ever to fail to win reelection, McCrory became weighed down by the onus of HB2, the transphobic law rushed through the statehouse and signed earlier this year.
— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) December 5, 2016
The measure not only barred trans people from using facilities that match their gender identity, it prohihibit any city or municipality from enacting anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBT people. The resulting backlash cost the state in jobs, money and, perhaps most grievously, its public image.
Cooper wants to repeal HB2, which he calls discriminatory and anti-business, but he’ll have to get the Republican-dominated legislature to go along.