Weekly Wrap: In the counting house

Posted November 11, 2016

— As county boards of elections across North Carolina continue tabulating absentee ballots and assessing provisional ballots before local canvasses next week, several races hang in the balance.

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory trails Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper by about 5,000 votes, and both sides have hired lawyers and set up legal defense funds for what could be a protracted battle over what votes are counted from here on out and possible recounts to determine who will lead the state for the next four years.

Democratic State Auditor Beth Wood also is in a tight contest with Republican challenger Chuck Stuber, and the fates of some Wake County Republicans in the General Assembly, Sen. Tamara Barringer and Reps. Marilyn Avila and Gary Pendleton, also could hinge on the tallies of votes being counted over the next several days.

Meanwhile, Judge Mike Morgan's win in the state Supreme Court race over Associate Justice Bob Edmunds has moved tilt of the court from Republican to Democrat, prompting rumors of a special legislative session that could include an effort to add two more seats to the court, which would allow McCrory to appoint two justices and shift the balance of power back to the GOP.


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