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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — North Carolina Gov.-elect Pat McCrory says he’s confident he’ll be able to work well with fellow Republicans at the General Assembly who expanded their majorities on election night.

McCrory says he also wants to reach out to Democrats.

He spoke Wednesday to reporters in his hometown of Charlotte the morning after he defeated Democrat Walter Dalton in the governor’s race. The former Charlotte mayor will become the state’s first GOP governor in 20 years in January.

Legislative Republicans gained at least eight seats in the state House and one in the Senate.

House Speaker Thom Tillis says McCrory’s policy priorities are similar to those of GOP legislative leaders.

McCrory said he would not discuss specific issues until after he announced his transition team leaders Thursday in Raleigh.

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