Cooper: 'I cannot wait to get started'

Posted December 6, 2016

— Bounding onto a Raleigh stage to Sam & Dave's classic "Hold on, I'm Coming," a triumphant Gov.-elect Roy Cooper celebrated his election win Tuesday night – four weeks after Election Day.

The Democrat had declared victory early on Nov. 9, when he surged ahead of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory by nearly 5,000 votes, but challenges to vote totals by the McCrory campaign and state GOP officials and allegations of voter fraud kept the race in limbo until McCrory conceded on Monday. By that time, most challenges had been resolved, and Cooper's lead had grown to more than 10,000 votes, putting him out of reach for a statewide recount.

"Finally," Cooper told scores of supporters at the McKimmon Center on North Carolina State University's campus. "It's been a long journey for all of us, but we are finally here."

The crowd was there to celebrate "because, with this election, we made decisions about who we are as North Carolinians," he said, making pointed references to his campaign themes of improving the lot of all families statewide through better schools and job opportunities and of restoring North Carolina's reputation as a welcoming and diverse state.

State residents now need to listen to each other and work together to achieve those goals, Cooper said.

"Before we are Democrats or Republicans or independents, we are first neighbors, friends and North Carolinians," he said. "With your help, we can leave the politics of cynicism and fear in the rear-view mirror, and together we can build something better."

Cooper vowed to put in place the best education system for the state, make voting easier, respect women's rights and fight for clean air and water. The crowd cheered every promise, but the loudest ovation came when he said he would "fight all kinds of discrimination."

"Let's finish the job and repeal House Bill 2," he yelled above the roar, referring to the controversial state law on transgender rights that had led to nationwide criticism and the loss of business expansions, concerts, athletic events and conventions.

"I want North Carolina to be one of the most admired states," he said. "I cannot wait to get started. Enjoy tonight, for tomorrow we get to work."


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  • Sean Chen Dec 7, 9:03 p.m.
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    Hope Cooper isn't going to do the liberal tax & spend routine that brought us into debt like his Democrat predecessors did.


    He still needs to perform his political payback to the California donors and Goldman Sachs- his primary donors to his gubernatorial campaign.

    This ought to be interesting.

  • Sean Creasy Dec 7, 11:04 a.m.
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    I hope he does a better job than the last Democrat governor did. We can ill afford another debacle where we as a state were left with $100+ million deficit and almost losing our AAA credit rating because of gross mismanagement...

  • Carol Smith Dec 7, 10:38 a.m.
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    berger and moore will do everything they can to hold our state hostage to bigotry and discrimination. nc now has a chance to move forward from some expensive and embarrassing times, but the repubs will make that fail.

  • Paul Donovan Dec 7, 10:05 a.m.
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    Fortunately, taxation bills come from the House and Senate. There will be none forthcoming. Everyone needs to understand that the GOP led State House got what they wanted the past 4 years because McCrory needed their support to get elected for the second term. The State HOuse GOP threw him under the bus because they were afraid of what he would do in jis second term not facing reelection. They always thought of him as too moderate. They are now willing to wait until 2020 to get a more conservative GOP candidate elected. The liberals and moderates in NC got rid of the wrong person in this election. Cooper will accomplish exactly zero the next 4 years.

  • Paul Donovan Dec 7, 10:01 a.m.
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    And the prediction is you will get absolutely nothing done the next 4 years. The GOP controlled state house will make sure of that. They just threw McCrory under the bus because they thought he was too moderate. Cooper doesn't stand a chance.

  • Steve Moore Dec 7, 9:24 a.m.
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    Hunt, Easley Puerdue....and now Cooper...the tax and spend quartet.

  • Steve Smith Dec 7, 9:16 a.m.
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    Well you going to be constantly waiting, because the legislature is going to block your cupcake ideas.

  • Bryan Jeffries Dec 7, 9:10 a.m.
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    "Does this liberal Democrat think that he is going to be able to counteract the expressed wishes of a conservative population of NC?? Good luck with that.."

    Oh boy, lots to unpack here...I don't think anyone has an issue with one's beliefs as long as they don't impede the livelihood of an adult, tax paying, law abiding, American citizen. Otherwise, you're going to have to understand you can't legislate morality.

  • Bryan Jeffries Dec 7, 9:08 a.m.
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    "Nice toupee Roy"

    The cruel irony is that person is a likely Trump supporter. Because looks are super important.

  • Bryan Jeffries Dec 7, 9:07 a.m.
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    "I can't wait for you to go away. hopefully this hack won't be able to do much."

    Actual quote found here. What does it mean? Who knows? What is it based on? Again, no one knows. That's the problem with our current voter climate. No rational or critical thinking.