CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The race for North Carolina’s governor will shift once again as state election officials want to know why one county turned down Governor McCrory’s request for a recount.
Nearly three weeks after the election, North Carolina is a little closer to learning who won the race for Governor, but it still could be several weeks before the final result is known.
The SBE has requested information from the Durham County Board of Elections after they turned down a request from Governor McCrory’s campaign for a recount
In dispute are about 90,000 early votes that didn’t show up until late on election night. Those votes gave Attorney General Roy Cooper the lead in the race. They also left McCrory questioning their legitimacy.
McCrory has questioned the legitimacy of ballots in more than half of North Carolina’s counties, but he and the SBE consider those in Durham County the most pressing because of their numbers.
After being denied by the Durham board for a recount, McCrory appealed to the state board, which says it needs transcripts from the Durham board before it considers the appeal.
“I have no problem with us taking some official action here,” said Grant Whitney, Chairman of the State Board of Elections.
McCrory can request a recount as long as the difference between him and Cooper is less than 10,000 votes. The Governor said he would drop his challenges in the other 50-plus counties if the votes in Durham come back in Cooper’s favor.