UPDATE (1:09 p.m.): N.C. GOP Chairperson Robin Hayes released a statement on Gov. McCrory's concession, praising McCrory's tax reform and job creation efforts.
"His record on job creation is unmatched, as North Carolina's jobless rate moved from one of the worst in the nation to among the best," the statement said. "The governor's leadership on infrastructure and energy will pay dividends for years to come as our citizens drive to work, heat their homes, educate their children and enjoy our states beauty from Manteo to Murphy."
Equality North Carolina Executive Director Chris Sgro said McCrory's concession is a proud moment for LGBTQ people in North Carolina.
"Governor McCrory has finally conceded, and now it is time for the state and people of North Carolina to get on with our business of rebuilding," Sgro said. "Roy Cooper is a champion of equality and for North Carolina values, and he is the right person to lead our great state moving forward."
This is the first time a sitting N.C. governor has lost a re-election bid.
UPDATE (12:48 p.m.): Roy Cooper released a statement following Gov. Pat McCrory's concession.
"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," Cooper said in the statement. "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."
Governor-Elect Roy Cooper released the following statement on Governor Pat McCrory’s concession: pic.twitter.com/2nKjCaYY7w— Roy Cooper (@RoyCooperNC) December 5, 2016