Cooper finally gets to celebrate with supporters

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's next governor is finally celebrating his election victory with supporters after it took four extra weeks to finalize what the outcome would be.

Democratic candidate Roy Cooper took the stage at a victory rally Tuesday night to cheers from several hundred supporters in Raleigh.

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory just conceded to Cooper on Monday after it was made clear a partial recount of votes in one county would keep Cooper's lead to just over 10,000 votes from 4.7 million cast statewide. Cooper also had to wait out dozens of local election protests filed with the support of McCrory's campaign.

Cooper will take office next month. The outgoing attorney general told supporters North Carolina voters made a decision during the election to make it a welcoming place for everyone by their choice. A law McCrory signed limiting LGBT rights was a key issue in the election.

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