North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) is conceding the governor's race to Democratic rival Roy Cooper nearly a month after the election.
In a video posted Monday, McCrory said serving as the governor of North Carolina has been a "privilege and an honor."
"But during this wonderful season, it's also 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 added.
"Despite continued questions that should be answered regarding the voting process, I personally believe that the majority of our citizens have spoken and we now should do everything we can to support the 75th governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper."
McCrory said his team will do everything it can to help ensure a smooth transition.
He said he is proud of what his staff has done since he assumed office, including environmental cleanup, budget surpluses, transportation planning and healthcare reform.
During his remaining weeks in his role, McCrory said he and his team will focus on "developing a financial plan to be approved in a special legislative session to help our citizens and communities impacted by Hurricane Matthew and by the current wildfires in the western region of our state."
"I ask all of us to please pray for our new governor, Roy Cooper, our new president, Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOmar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Trump cheers CNN's Cuomo suspension MORE, and their families," he said.
"And I encourage everyone, now more than ever, to respect all of our public servants and the offices that they were elected to serve."
McCrory, who trails Cooper by about 10,000 votes, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, had previously refused to concede the race. Last month, he requested a statewide recount in his reelection race.