Roy Cooper

Office of Governor Roy Cooper

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper took the oath of office in Raleigh's capitol building mere minutes into the new year, becoming the state's 75th governor and capping off a narrow victory over outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.

The ceremony was held just as fireworks began sprouting across the city and confetti cannons were fired above revelers on Fayetteville Street. State Chief Justice Mark Martin administered the oath in the short ceremony, which lasted 15 minutes. The ceremony was attended by a small group of friends, family, and colleagues.

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Protesters say the North Carolina legislature's actions limiting the next governor's influence before he even takes office were unconstitutional power grabs by GOP legislators unhappy their candidate didn't win re-election.

"We voted for a new governor and they're choosing to come and ... take away the power," said Caren Parker of Carrboro, among the crowd who demonstrated this week against the Republican-controlled General Assembly, leading to more than 50 arrests.

The General Assembly is still in Raleigh for an additional special session. Several bills offered by Republicans are aimed at limiting the powers of incoming Democratic Governor Roy Cooper. Republicans say what they're doing is constitutional.  Democrats call it a power grab. Cooper held a press conference this morning to say the proposals are unprecedented and will hurt North Carolinians. WFAE's Mark Rumsey talked to reporter David Boraks about the latest developments.

Governor Pat McCrory concedes to challenger Roy Cooper in a video released by the governor's office.
N.C. Governor's Office

Nearly a month after Election Day, Republican Governor Pat McCrory has conceded the race to Democrat Roy Cooper. 

Usually concession speeches happen in ballrooms surrounded by a crowd. McCrory's took place on a couch in front of a Christmas tree with a camera rolling.

It's looking more likely that Democrat Roy Cooper will become North Carolina's governor. By state law, Republican Governor Pat McCrory has the right to demand a statewide recount, if the margin is less than 10,000 votes. He got ahead of the game and made that demand last week before counties had finalized all votes. But as the tally stands now, McCrory doesn't have that right. The margin has expanded to 10,256 with results from nearly all counties official.

Firefighters say the Party Rock Wildfire near Chimney Rock and Lake Lure has been fully contained, thanks in part to 0.4 inches of rain that fell Monday night through Tuesday. Firefighting crews have begun packing up and dismantling their fire camps Tuesday morning as they head for home. 

North Carolina's governor's race is still up in the air, but the lead is widening for Democrat Roy Cooper.

Local boards of election have now certified results of the Nov. 8 election in 86 of North Carolina's 100 counties.  As of 4 p.m. Monday, Cooper led incumbent Pat McCrory by 9,558 votes, according to the state Board of Elections website.  [UPDATE: As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, with 91 counties in, Cooper's lead was 9,764.]

Gov. Pat McCrory

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has filed for a recount in the close race against Democratic opponent, Roy Cooper, for North Carolina governor.

Cliff Barrows, the longtime music director and friend of the Rev. Billy Graham, was eulogized at Calvary Church in south Charlotte on Tuesday morning. He died last week at age 93.

David Boraks / WFAE

Friday was not a good day for Governor Pat McCrory in his effort to remain in office. Attorney General Roy Cooper extended his lead to about 6,300 votes as counties reported more provisional and absentee ballot results.