Roy Cooper celebrates gubernatorial election win

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Roy Cooper will be the 75th governor of North Carolina and Tuesday night he and his supporters celebrated their win over Gov. Pat McCrory.

The celebration was delayed by nearly a month after McCrory refused to concede and recounts, canvasses and protests had to be worked through by boards of elections.

In a short speech, Cooper thanked his donors, voters and volunteers. He also said he will work even for those who did not support him.

"Regardless of whether you voted for me, I will be a governor who works for everyone," Cooper said.

Cooper told the crowd that North Carolina stands out in the country after election day, for voting in a Democrat to take the place of a Republican. He promised to fight for higher wages, education and the hallmark of his campaign, repealing House Bill 2.

"I will fight all kinds of discrimination, it's not only the right thing to do, it's smart. With this election, North Carolina is on its way to repairing its reputation, let's finish the job and repeal House Bill 2," Cooper said.

Cooper does face a major challenge with a Republican super majority in the general assembly. Keith Donahue, a Cooper supporter, says he belives Cooper can handle it. "It's not going to be an easy job to get the things done that Roy campaigned on but I think he is the best person to work across the aisle with the majority in both houses."

Cooper acknowledged the challenge he will have with the General Assembly, but said he will not back down.

"When we fight, we will fight hard and I will need you but we can also work together to find a way on many issues," he said.

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