Pat McCrory will be the first Republican governor in North Carolina in 20 years.
Unofficial results show McCrory won the governor's race on Tuesday over Democrat Walter Dalton.
The former Charlotte mayor had 55% of the vote compared to Dalton - the sitting lieutenant governor - at 43% with 2.2 million votes counted. Libertarian Barbara Howe had less than 2%.
McCrory is the former Charlotte mayor who ran unsuccessfully against Democrat Beverly Perdue in 2008. Perdue didn't seek re-election this year, setting the stage for McCrory. McCrory benefited from a repeat run for governor and a sizeable cash advantage over Dalton.
Jim Martin was the last Republican governor, leaving office in 1993. McCrory will take the oath of office in January.
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