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Cooper pushes ahead with transition despite election dispute

Posted November 21

Roy Cooper, the Democrat in the 2016 election for governor, says he has won and is moving ahead with his transition .

— Democrat Roy Cooper says he is moving ahead with transition planning for taking over as North Carolina governor despite close election results that his Republican rival, Gov. Pat McCrory, is disputing.

"It's 40 days until I take the oath of office. It would be irresponsible to wait any longer to tackle the issues we campaigned on across the state," Cooper said in a statement Monday.

The State Board of Elections shows Cooper has a 6,600-vote lead over McCrory as of Monday morning. Cooper's campaign insists that slim margin – roughly 4.7 million votes were cast in the gubernatorial election – will be higher once all votes are finally counted. Most counties have not completed their canvasses – the official final tally of votes – due to a number of election challenges.

One of those delays was a result of a federal lawsuit that ordered the state to count ballots from certain voters who registered to vote at the Division of Motor Vehicles but didn't make it onto official voting lists. Others challenges have come from Republicans, who are challenging the validity of certain votes cast. For example, certain voters cast ballots during the early voting period and then died, as well as some who may have been on probation for felony crimes but voted anyway. Those challenges have been filed in more than 50 counties, and McCrory's campaign has intimated they reflect serious flaws in the outcome, despite other Republicans running statewide, such as President-elect Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, winning handily.

Cooper's campaign argues those challenged votes are few in number relative to the lead Cooper enjoys, but McCrory insists any move to finalize the election is premature.

"Why is Roy Cooper so insistent on circumventing the electoral process and counting the votes of dead people and felons? It may be because he needs those fraudulent votes to count in order to win," McCrory campaign spokesman Ricky Diaz said in a statement. "Instead of insulting North Carolina voters, we intend to let the process work as it should to ensure that every legal vote is counted properly."

Cooper named Kristi Jones, his chief of staff at the state Department of Justice for the past decade, and Jim Phillips, a lawyer from Greensboro and a former chairman of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, to co-chair his transition effort. Ken Eudy, the founder of the Capstrat public relations firm in Raleigh, will be the executive director of the transition team.

"We have a lot to do," Cooper said. "North Carolinians voted for a change two weeks ago. I have a lot of confidence in Kristi Jones, Jim Phillips and Ken Eudy to help me assemble a team that works every day for all North Carolinians."

Cooper is confident enough in his win that he has posted a "We're Hiring" message on his transition team's homepage.

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  • Buster Brown Nov 29, 9:50 p.m.
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    jUST A WORD OF CAUTION--even prior to election day, Clinton was announcing her plans for her inaugration parties.

  • George Brown Nov 23, 12:52 p.m.
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    Order the flowers and have the caterer cook up pheasant with foie gras. Or kill the goose, engrave the invitations and gird your loins as Roy uses Pats guts for his garters, haha.

  • Lance Boyle Nov 22, 3:14 p.m.
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    Time for some real integrity in the office, step aside McCrory. Tired of those dishonest ilk running the state to the highest bidder.

  • Billy Smith Nov 22, 9:30 a.m.
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    Well at least he released a statement. How about some particulars.

  • Alfred Barnes Nov 22, 4:15 a.m.
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    The vote count says otherwise.

  • Alfred Barnes Nov 22, 4:14 a.m.
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    Yes, he did. And it shows what a petty little man he is. We can only expect more of the same in the unfortunate circumstance he takes office, although compared to the current inhabitant, it may actually be an improvement. McCrory believes his own spin. Environmentalists and state employees voted him out, at least the ones that didn't cast provisional ballots.

  • Alfred Barnes Nov 22, 4:14 a.m.
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    Yes, he did. And it shows what a petty little man he is. We can only expect more of the same in the unfortunate circumstance he takes office, although compared to the current inhabitant, it may actually be an improvement. McCrory believes his own spin. Environmentalists and state employees voted him out, at least the ones that didn't cast provisional ballots.

  • Betsey Duggins Nov 21, 9:49 p.m.
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    "Why is Roy Cooper so insistent on circumventing the electoral process and counting the votes of dead people and felons? It may be because he needs those fraudulent votes to count in order to win," McCrory campaign spokesman Ricky Diaz said in a statement.
    Wow Ricky Diaz, you are showing your desperation and lack of integrity. Get over it, quick stirring the pot and leave with what little dignity you have left.
    This is a farce and you are wasting my hard-earned tax payer money, which I certainly don't appreciate!

  • John Alt Nov 21, 7:19 p.m.
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    If Cooper wins "fair and square" even though I may not like it, I'll accept it ... unlike a lot of crybaby snowflakes protesting Trump's win. Cooper seems be jumping the gun awfully quick .. and like the rest of the Liberal Faction, I don't trust his "honor & integrity". These two words seem to elude the Liberals so EVERY vote needs to be counted and scrutinized for legitimacy. We've waited this long, so we can wait a little longer ..

  • Carol Smith Nov 21, 7:11 p.m.
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    the numbers are not showing that McCrory won. Cooper is ahead by over 6500 votes.

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