North Carolina cast 152 votes for President Barack Obama's re-election late Wednesday. But the state has 157 delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
State Democratic Party Chairman David Parker said early Thursday that the missing five votes were simply a logistical snafu.
"Some folks didn't come to breakfast" on Wednesday to file their paperwork, Parker said.
"We tried to run them down" throughout the day. "I thought we might have had a larger window to get it done."
Parker said a number of states didn't have 100 percent participation by their delegates.
"I would have been happier if we had 157 votes," he said, adding that he doesn't think it reflects badly on North Carolina as the convention host.
Some North Carolina Democrats have distanced themselves from Obama to remain viable in their own races. Eighth District Congressman Larry Kissell is notable absent from the convention, and The Charlotte Observer reported that the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee even drove a car to his office in Concord and offered to drive him to the event.
Parker dismissed the notion that North Carolina Democrats aren't fully behind Obama's re-election.
"(Twelfth District Congressman) Mel Watt was one of the people we couldn't track down, and I know Mel Watt is for the president," he said.
The names of the other four delegates whose votes weren't cast weren't available.