RALEIGH, N.C. -- Some 24 hours after the polls closed in North Carolina, there is still doubt about who will be living in the Executive Mansion in Raleigh.

The race between incumbent Republican Pat McCrory and Democratic challenger, Attorney General Roy Cooper, was too close to call and the votes will now be canvassed.

While McCrory said last night that this was part of the democratic process, Roy Cooper went ahead and claimed victory.

"Because of all your hard work, we have won the race for Governor of North Carolina," Cooper told a group of cheering supporters.

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That prompted this statement today from a McCrory campaign staffer who said, "Claiming an outcome before the process has concluded is irresponsible and disrespectful to the voters of North Carolina whose voices have yet to be heard."

What happens now is a count of absentee and military ballots and decisions about provisional ballots, of which there could be thousands.

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GOP NC state chairman Robin Hayes said the party would, "deploy hundreds of volunteers and dozens of teams of lawyers across the state to ensure every vote is counted in accordance with the laws of the state,"

Barring any last minute legal challenges in court, County Boards of Elections will certify results at public meetings across the state on the morning of November 18th.