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Dems press for McCrory to concede

Posted November 21

— Democrats ratcheted up pressure on Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday to concede the gubernatorial race to Roy Cooper.

As counties continue to tally provisional ballots, Cooper's lead has grown from fewer than 5,000 on Election Night to more than 6,600 by Monday evening. But McCrory's campaign and other Republicans have filed a slew of challenges to vote totals in more than half of North Carolina's 100 counties, alleging voting by dead people, active felons and people casting ballots in two states.

The protests so far have largely been dismissed by Republican-controlled county elections boards as either factually incorrect or unproven. The State Board of Elections plans to meet Tuesday to decide how to instruct counties to handle ballots that have been shown to be ineligible.

Democrats say that, even if the challenges were all upheld, it still wouldn't change the outcome of the election, so McCrory should admit defeat.

"It’s disrespectful to all North Carolina voters for Gov. McCrory to continue to not just refuse to accept this election but to actively protest it," Democratic 4th District Congressman David Price said. "You can’t just respect the electoral process when it favors your side."

Democratic 1st District Congressman G.K. Butterfield noted that most of the counties where Republicans have filed challenges have large populations of black voters. He called such efforts "baseless" and "a fishing expedition."

"For him to continue to refuse to concede this election is shameful," Butterfield said of McCrory. "There is no evidence whatsoever, not a scintilla of evidence there’s system-wide fraud in this election in North Carolina. (Republican presidential candidate) Donald Trump won North Carolina. Some of our (Democratic) Council of State members who’ve been around for many years lost the election. There’s no evidence of voter fraud."

The McCrory campaign countered by accusing Cooper of trying to short-circuit the electoral process to allow ineligible votes to stand.

"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."

Meanwhile, Cooper is proceeding as if he will be inaugurated in January, naming the leaders of his transition team on Monday and launching a website for people to apply for positions in his administration.

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  • Joel Banks Nov 28, 3:59 p.m.
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    Funny, I was thinking the same thing about the GOP...the only thing missing here is Twitter rants...

  • Catherine Edwards Nov 28, 10:32 a.m.
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    McCrory's recount is only going to prove that widespread voter fraud does not exist. That all the laws they tried to pass were only for one thing - discrimination for political gain. Good thing the courts saw it that way.
    As for dead people voting. If they cast the ballot early and then died I think their vote should count. When we vote we vote for the future of the country and state. Maybe I believe my vote will help my family, my estate and neighbors.

  • Paige Hall Nov 27, 10:50 a.m.
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    MCCORKIER CAN'T CONCEDE THE ELECTION RESULTS UNTIL SUCH TIME AS HE CONSULT WITH HIS MASTER THE KOCH BROTHER THAT SUPPORTED HIS CAMPAIGN IN ALL LIKELYHOOD SO YOU SEE THEY ARE THE PROBABLY ONE THAT THEY REFUSE TO ALLOW MCCORKIER TO CONCEDE THE ELECTION RESULTS AN THEY CAR NOT ONE WHJIT FOR HOW MUCH A STATE WIDE RECOUNT WILL COST THE STATES TAXPAYING CITIZENS FOR THIS WILL NOT BE COMING OUT OF THEIR POCKETS ANYWAY THANK YOU

  • Marilyn Loftin Nov 26, 6:00 p.m.
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    So, the dems want McCrory to concede, and they want to recount Hillary's votes even though she has conceded. Something is very wrong with democrats these days. They think all they have to do is whine or say poof and get what they want. Sorry, it only works that way on television. Grow up!

  • Ethan Mathews Nov 26, 10:33 a.m.
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    The difference is, President Obama was both a) a classy and intelligent individual and b) the clear and fair winner of both his elections.

    REALLY??? If you call a class act a racist, cocaine using, pot smoking, police shaming, dividing president then by all means yes he is a class act. Not to mention he was friends with the known terrorist Bill Ayers and was a member of Jeremiah Wrights church for 20 plus years who preached Black Liberation Theology. Please do some research before you comment on how classy he is....HHMMMM

  • Ethan Mathews Nov 26, 10:00 a.m.
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    Okay let me get this straight, Trump won the election by slide and the headline is "Trump ignores recount questions, focuses on new hires" and Copper won by 5000 votes and the headline is "Dems press McCrory to concede" I have never seen a more spoiled, crying, upset bunch of racist, protesting, losers in my entire life. And they wonder why their kids are so screwed up. Grief counselling in high school and colleges Really????? Has the media scared the American people that much??? Suck it up buttercups. I was extremely upset in 2008 and 2012 but I let my vote do the talking. Just think, these same people called Trump sexists, racists, mean. I'm loving it....lol

  • Steve Smith Nov 23, 7:47 a.m.
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    Hey WRAL how come there is no reporting of Trump's video stating what he was going to do the 1st 100 days and how we was going to accomplish those goals? Would your advertisers be happy knowing you are not keeping us informed?

    As for the re-count I would like to know how may of the Durham voters were actually alive compared to the dead ones.

  • Sean Chen Nov 22, 6:11 p.m.
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    Just go through the process. If McCrory is wrong, he'll have no argument at that point.

  • Lance Boyle Nov 22, 5:46 p.m.
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    Not sure what this new term snowflake means. But if it means whiny, then yes, McCrory is the chief flake.

  • Stacy Mercier Nov 22, 5:04 p.m.
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    The difference is, President Obama was both a) a classy and intelligent individual and b) the clear and fair winner of both his elections.

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