Raleigh, N.C. — After weeks of challenges to vote totals and accusations of fraud, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory finally conceded the gubernatorial election to Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper.
Cooper then kicked his transition into high gear, naming a couple members of his staff, while McCrory headed to New York to speak with President-elect Donald Trump about a possible job in his administration.
A few blocks away from the Executive Mansion, lawmakers were set to return for a special legislative session next week to address recovery efforts after Hurricane Matthew and wildfires in the western North Carolina mountains. Members of the Council of State urged McCrory to limit the session to those priorities, but rumors swirl that lawmakers will do everything from expand the state Supreme Court to cut the number of positions Cooper could fill with political supporters.
Outside of Raleigh, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the lawsuit over North Carolina's congressional districts. Federal courts have ruled that the 1st Congressional District and the 12th Congressional District were improperly created in 2011 because Republican lawmakers relied too heavily on the race of voters in drawing district lines. A ruling isn't expected until late spring.