Cooper picks up 3 votes, McCrory loses 1 in Durham recount

Posted December 4, 2016
Updated December 5, 2016

— The Durham Board of Elections began the recount process Saturday and still must count several thousand more ballots in order to comply with state orders to complete the process by Monday evening.

As of Sunday night, 53,000 votes had been recounted and the report said that Democrat Roy Cooper has picked up three votes while McCrory has lost one vote while the overall vote tally dropped by two.

The task is to recount about 94,000 votes and Bill Brian, chairman of the Durham Board of Elections, said everybody is on the same page in wanting to get the work done.

“Democrats, Republicans, white, black, old, young; it’s been very much a community experience,” Brian said. “We’ve closed out three of the five one-stop sites. Then we had a very long day today, but we’re feeling good about ourselves.”

Durham County officials reported the results from the six disputed sites late on Election Night because technical problems with the memory cards from the voting machines forced them to transcribe vote totals by hand.

The late votes pushed Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper ahead of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in the gubernatorial race, and the McCrory campaign and GOP officials statewide have questioned the accuracy of the tallies ever since. Cooper's lead in the race stood at about 10,250 votes on Friday.

By the time everything is said and done, Brian predicts the bipartisan teams will have clocked well over 20 hours counting votes. He said the process has been frustrating, but will be done.

“There’s never been any doubt in any of our minds because we had the tapes, we had the results and they said what they said and they still are saying pretty much what they said so we’re here tunneling through because that’s what we were ordered to do,” Brian said.

Sunday night, the Board of Elections released partial recount results for three of five early voting sites.

On Election Day, the Eno River Unitarian Fellowship, a reported 18,281 ballots were cast. The recount reported the exact same number of ballots. Election night totals showed Republican Pat McCrory had garnered 3,185 votes and Democrat Roy Cooper took in 14,752 votes. A recount reported the same number of votes for McCrory but tallied two additional votes for Cooper, bringing his total at that site to 14,754.

On election night, 18,918 ballots were reported at the Board of Elections. The recount reported the exact same number of ballots. Election night totals showed McCrory with 1,116 votes and Cooper with 17,379 votes. A recount showed that McCrory lost one vote while Cooper gained a vote.

On election night, 14,875 ballots were reported at East Regional Library. The recount reported the exact same number of ballots. Election night totals showed McCrory with 3909 votes and Cooper with 10,667 votes, and a recount verified those totals.


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  • Danielle White Dec 5, 1:08 p.m.
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    I wonder how much his years of whiny blaming of others impacted him. He wouldn't even stand behind his actions, instead insisting that someone else had forced him to do it or that the media was being mean to him.

  • Kristin Byrne Dec 5, 12:10 p.m.
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    Looks like you were right on the money. He just conceded defeat.

  • Pete Muller Dec 5, 11:38 a.m.
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    If the tend holds, and there is no indication why it will not, I fully expect McCrory's concession speech tonight. Anything short of that would be an affront to democracy.

  • Raymond Mclemore Dec 5, 10:04 a.m.
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    What progress? Oh, the loss of jobs and respect. That is great. Spin that into something good.

  • Catherine Edwards Dec 5, 9:29 a.m.
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    Thanks McCrory for proving once and for all that widespread voter fraud does not exist.

    He needs to tell that to Trump.

  • Mare Procellis Dec 5, 8:51 a.m.
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    Actually, Steve, it will be an interesting 2 years. That veto proof majority won't last the re-draw of districts and Barnum and Bailey's 3-Ring White House.

  • Steve Smith Dec 5, 8:47 a.m.
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    It is going to be an interesting 4 years in state government. The majority of the state cabinet is GOP, both houses of the Legislature are GOP, with the Senate having a veto proof majority. Essentially Cooper is just going to be a figurehead, and the Republicans will keep going forward with the progress we made. The only roadblock will be lawsuits brought by the liberals, before activist judges.

  • Mare Procellis Dec 5, 8:40 a.m.
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    The whole idea for Pat was the stall, stall, stall until Trump named him Potty czar.

  • Raymond Mclemore Dec 5, 8:30 a.m.
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    Pat,. It's time. So long, farewell, good bye.

  • Pete Muller Dec 5, 8:11 a.m.
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    Bohooo. Widespread voting irregularities. I am glad that got uncovered. Not sure if we can recover from the shock.