Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory has conceded the North Carolina's governor's race to Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue.
Perdue, the state's lieutenant governor, succeeds Gov. Mike Easley, who was barred by term limits from running for a third term.
The Republican McCrory gave a brief speech Tuesday night at a Charlotte hotel as partial and unofficial results showed him about 3 percentage points behind the Democratic winner.
McCrory said: "This was not the night we had planned, but I accept the voters' conclusions from North Carolina."
Perdue was expected to address her supporters later Tuesday.