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McCrory officially requests statewide recount in gubernatorial race

Posted November 22

— As counties across the state continue to tally provisional ballots, Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday formally requested a statewide recount in his contested gubernatorial race with Attorney General Roy Cooper.

McCrory's campaign said the recount was filed to "meet the original date statutorily specified, although the formal recount will not occur until after the county boards of election certify their results."

"With many outstanding votes yet to be counted for the first time, legal challenges, ballot protests and voter fraud allegations, we must keep open the ability to allow the established recount process to ensure every legal vote is counted properly," Russell Peck, McCrory's campaign manager, said in a statement.

McCrory can legally request a recount because the vote difference between him and Cooper is fewer than 10,000 votes.

Trey Nix, Cooper's campaign manager, quickly responded to McCrory's request, calling it a "last-ditch effort from Gov. McCrory to delay and deny the results of this election.

"We are confident that a recount will do nothing to change the fact that Roy Cooper has won this election," Nix said.

As counting of provisional ballots continues, Cooper's lead had grown from fewer than 5,000 on Election Night to more than 6,150.

McCrory's campaign and others have filed a slew of legal challenges to vote totals in more than 50 of the state's 100 counties.

The protests so far have largely been dismissed by Republican-controlled county elections boards as either factually incorrect or unproven.

In a Tuesday meeting in Raleigh, the State Board of Election told counties to keep counting votes from the Nov. 8 election despite the challenges.

Group wants McCrory to 'move on'

A group of people was gathered outside the Executive Mansion Tuesday night with a message for the governor: "Move on, McCrory."

The event was organized by the Human Rights Campaign, Equality North Carolina and Progress North Carolina Action, all of which are left-leaning groups.

The groups claim McCrory is trying to throw the integrity of the election into question and that challenges to votes across the state are baseless and pointless. Organizers said many of them have been rejected as Cooper's lead over McCrory has grown.

The groups are calling on McCrory to accept the results of the election.

A similar event took place in Charlotte.

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  • Andrew Stephenson Nov 28, 4:31 p.m.
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    So they found 90,000 ballots BEFORE the polls closed?

    If you remember back to election day, Durham County was given an extension on voting hours because of the issues they were having with the voting machines. These aren't 90,000 magically appearing ballots, these are just regular Durham county ballots that got counted when the polls closed at 9pm instead of the rest of the state at 7:30. So they were "late" in the sense that the polls for Durham county closed late. And since the City of Durham is in Durham County, is shouldn't surprise anyone that it leaned heavily democratic. Most cities do.

  • Joel Banks Nov 28, 3:55 p.m.
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    "With many outstanding votes yet to be counted for the first time, legal challenges, ballot protests and voter fraud allegations, we must keep open the ability to allow the established recount process to ensure every legal vote is counted properly," Russell Peck, McCrory's campaign manager, said in a statement

    Ah yes, that explains how Trump carried NC...wait a minute, wouldn't Trumpsters also vote for McCrory? Unless Trump actually won NC and McCrory just can't handle the fact that we are willing to suffer incompetence at the National level but not at the state level...
    (c:

  • Marilyn Loftin Nov 28, 9:06 a.m.
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    No one in their right mind thinks Durham found 90,000 votes after the polls closed.

  • Terry Lightfoot Nov 27, 11:18 a.m.
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    Yes - indeed - McCrory is within his tights

  • Terry Lightfoot Nov 27, 11:16 a.m.
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    Give it up McCrony, as the Trump supporters say: we won, you lost - get over it!

  • Ronan Cates Nov 27, 9:25 a.m.
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    Where were all these republicans requesting a recount when Bush was up by 600 votes

  • Alfred Barnes Nov 27, 7:34 a.m.
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    Politics as usual.

  • Alfred Barnes Nov 27, 7:33 a.m.
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    You're a bit premature, just like Roy.

  • William Patterson Nov 26, 10:37 a.m.
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    I have officially declared Cooper the winner ....pack-em up Pat...

  • Fred Holt Nov 26, 10:00 a.m.
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    Anybody else think it's suspicious that #OneTermPat doesn't want his Matthew special session until he has one more thing to get the GOP house to hijack?

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