North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Concedes Gubernatorial Race

By Daarel Burnette II — December 05, 2016 1 min read

North Carolina’s incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory conceded Monday his bid to be re-elected as North Carolina’s governor.

The Republican was challenged by Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper in a pitched battle where transgender students’ access to public school bathrooms and teacher pay took center stage.

But the Nov. 8 race was too close to call for weeks, and with just a few thousand votes behind, Gov. McCrory contested the race.

It is time to “celebrate our democratic process and respect what I see to be the ultimate outcome of the closest North Carolina governor’s race in modern history,” McCrory said at a press conference, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

“I personally believe the majority of our citizens have spoken, and we should do everything we can to support the 75th governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper.”

McCrory took a lot of heat for his decision to publicly challenge the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance to allow transgender students to be able to use bathrooms of their choice. McCrory interpreted the guidance as a clear overstep of states’ rights. But the state’s business community disagreed.

Cooper also challenged McCrory on his education record, arguing during his campaign that McCrory’s aggressive accountability agenda ran many teachers out of the profession, creating a statewide teacher shortage. He also argued that teacher pay had not increased under McCrory’s term.

The gubernatorial race was, according to many state reports, the closest race in the state’s history.

A version of this news article first appeared in the State EdWatch blog.


This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Future of Work Webinar
Digital Literacy Strategies to Promote Equity
Our new world has only increased our students’ dependence on technology. This makes digital literacy no longer a “nice to have” but a “need to have.” How do we ensure that every student can navigate
Content provided by
Mathematics Online Summit Teaching Math in a Pandemic
Attend this online summit to ask questions about how COVID-19 has affected achievement, instruction, assessment, and engagement in math.
School & District Management Webinar Examining the Evidence: Catching Kids Up at a Distance
As districts, schools, and families navigate a new normal following the abrupt end of in-person schooling this spring, students’ learning opportunities vary enormously across the nation. Access to devices and broadband internet and a secure

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Speech Therapists
Lancaster, PA, US
Lancaster Lebanon IU 13
Elementary Teacher
Madison, Wisconsin
One City Schools

Read Next

Education Obituary In Memory of Michele Molnar, EdWeek Market Brief Writer and Editor
EdWeek Market Brief Associate Editor Michele Molnar, who was instrumental in launching the publication, succumbed to cancer.
5 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: December 9, 2020
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of articles from the previous week that you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of stories from the previous week that you may have missed.
8 min read