Roy Cooper declares victory in NC governor’s race

North Carolina Democratic candidate for governor Roy Cooper and his wife Kristin greet supporters during an election night rally in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. The race between Cooper and Republican Gov. Pat McCrory remains too close to call. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Democrat Roy Cooper has declared victory in North Carolina’s governor’s race.

Cooper came out shortly after Gov. Pat McCrory addressed supporters and said the race would be determined by a canvass of the state’s 100 counties on Nov. 18.

As for Cooper, he thanked his supporters for their hard work and said he had won the governor’s race.

Cooper said he is confident that the results of the election will be certified and that they will confirm victory.

With some cast votes yet to be reported, Cooper was only about 3,700 votes ahead of McCrory out of more than 4.6 million counted, according to totals posted by the State Board of Elections.

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